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The GM meetings are underway and there are bound to be some wild discussions that never lead to the consummation of a deal. But those conversations remain valuable to club executives because they offer intelligence on which of their players are valued by other teams.
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From what I hearing, the Giants have been active in trade discussions since the regular season ended and they have sufficient belief in improving their outfield through trade that they didn want to lock in Nori Aoki as their left fielder by picking up his $5.5 million option. So here are three scenarios presented to you for infotainment purposes, mixed with something we call speculation. if you didn see the primer I wrote on the free agent pitching market, you can find that here.

SAN FRANCISCO It might have qualified as a mild surprise last week when the Giants declined an affordable, $5.5 million option on left fielder Nori Aoki and instead gave him a $700,000 buyout.

But the real intrigue came when Giants GM Bobby Evans explained the decision to reporters on a conference call:

“It’s about keeping our options open,” Evans said. “To predetermine left field today is just premature. We’re aware pitching is a concern and there are a lot of ways to address that, (but) we’ll need to look at our outfield. We can’t have an offseason without ways to improve ourselves (there).”

Despite a free agent market loaded with starting pitchers and left fielders, and the Giants well positioned to make an expensive signing or two, sources said that club officials have been active in setting up trade possibilities to address one or both deficiencies.

Could declining Aoki’s option be a sign that the Giants are sufficiently intrigued by those early trade talks for outfielders? Might there be more creative fixes than to lavish a couple hundred million on two free agents, hold up jerseys for the cameras and call it a winter?

Talks are sure to take on a fresh tone this week at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla.

As club executives assemble, here are three out of the box deals that might make sense for the Giants to pursue. (Standard disclaimer: infotainment purposes only.)

Angel Pagan, RHP Hunter Strickland, OF Mac Williamson and RHP Tyler Beede to the Atlanta Braves for OF Cameron Maybin and RHP Julio Teheran.

Here’s one reason the Giants declined Aoki’s option: what do they do if Pagan’s defense is just as abhorrent in center field next season, and he has to be moved to a corner? Who else can play center on the roster? And how would you parse playing time in the corners with Pagan, Aoki and Hunter Pence? The Giants might not be willing to say it publicly, for obvious reasons, but they have to recognize that a team built to win with pitching and defense needs a legitimate go getter in center field. Although the fielding metrics weren’t as kind to him last season, Maybin has an excellent defensive reputation, he could provide a right handed platoon partner for Gregor Blanco, and as a free agent after next season, he doesn’t fit into Atlanta’s long term plans. Teheran would be the key to the deal. He is coming off a disappointing year yet still threw 200 innings and would be a terrific addition to the Giants rotation. He’s due to make a modest $28.6 million over the next four seasons, with a club option for $12 million in 2020. But the Braves are loading up on younger players to get ready for their move to Cobb County in 2017, and have shown a willingness to take on bad contracts to buy prospects. Beede is a top pitching prospect and Strickland, from nearby Zebulon, could become a first rate closer in his home state.

Who (probably) says no? Giants, barely.

Brandon Belt to the Cleveland Indians for RHP Danny Salazar or RHP Carlos Carrasco.

The Indians are suddenly thin in the outfield with the news that Michael Brantley will miss six months following major shoulder surgery. Their sabermetrically inclined front office likely would value Belt’s on base skills and recognize that he has 35 homer potential if he ever escapes AT Park. It’s hard to imagine the Giants actively shopping Belt, but they would have to consider moving him for a pre arbitration pitcher with plenty of projection. The Giants tried to get Salazar for lefty Javier Lopez a couple years back, and the Indians wisely deemed the cost too steep for a rental reliever. Salazar, 25, posted a 3.45 ERA in 30 starts, struck out more than a batter per inning and his stuff would translate well to the NL West. Same goes for Carrasco, 28, who was nearly dealt to Toronto last season. Carrasco has more service time but is signed to a contract that would appear team friendly ($19 million over the next three seasons, with club options for $9 million in 2019 and $9.5 million in 2020).

Andrew Susac to the Miami Marlins for OF Marcell Ozuna.

Although it’s more likely that Susac could be dangled to bring back a starting pitcher and the Braves have a major need at catcher, by the way there might be a match to be made with Manager Don Mattingly’s new club. Ozuna hit 23 home runs in 2014 but the Marlins surprisingly demoted him in the middle of last season with the rumor that they wanted to limit his service time to keep him from reaching arbitration a year ahead of schedule. Ozuna did not take kindly to the Triple A assignment, and it’s perceived that he and the organization remain at odds. His on base ability is far too dependent on his hitting, but his power potential, ability to play center and the damage he does against left handed pitching all make him a nice potential addition with the Giants. Although the Giants probably don’t do Susac straight up in this deal, the larger point is that the club might be more open than ever to sacrificing Susac for the right return. The play of backup catcher Trevor Brown down the stretch, plus the long term presence of Buster Posey, would seem to make Susac expendable despite his offensive potential. And other clubs are known to value him. The Orioles and Mariners are two other teams with a massive hole behind the plate.

Who (probably) says no? Giants. has documented the most eventful era in San Francisco Giants baseball history, having covered the team since 2004 for three major media outlets including the San Jose Mercury News and the Oakland Tribune. Baggarly’s other notable life accomplishments include running as the Bratwurst in the Milwaukee Sausage Race and becoming a three time Jeopardy! champion.

Andrew Susac for Marcell Ozuna is a deal that I wouldn be able to pass up if I am the Giants just based on needs. Susac is not going to get time here most likely unless there is an injury. Parlaying him into an everyday Outfielder who is athletic and young is something that I can pass up on. http://www.cheapjerseysq675.top Only way I could pass that up is if I thought he could bring back a starting pitcher.

I am high on Susac but it will be tough for him to get time here. His value isn as high here as it could be for another team.

I would pass on that deal for Teheran. I think his peripherals are a little concerning and the Giants would be giving up a lot in that package.

I think the Giants should try and get Nick Markakis from the Braves (if they can get Ozuna). I think he gets about 10M a year and is a gap to gap hitter. Won hit for power but is a solid player. Like his game and think he would fit in well here. The Braves shouldn be attached to him and the right young player(s) could get it done. Its 10M a year they don need to be paying given their timeline.

About 13 hours ago, Mr. Efrain replied to me posting this sentence: “that your opinion, but from your posts I know you don really know the sport too well, just a fan that posts to post about Giants stuff with no real knowledge of the sport overall. The Dodgers have not won, true, but they are in contention every year, have money and have good talent in the minors. Any veteran wanting to be at the very least at the foot of the door of the post season each season, can see there are much worse markets to play in.”

 

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