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Brewers’ next pitcher at Miller Park this weekend?

September 4, 2009 Leave a comment

As Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin searches for starting pitching help during the offseason, one source may be in Milwaukee this weekend: current Giants’ pitchers.

The Giants send their second, third, and fourth best pitchers out to the hill against the Brewers this weekend: LHP Barry Zito (9-11, 3.94), RHP Matt Cain (12-4, 2.50), and LHP Jonathan Sanchez (6-11, 4.15).  All three could be traded by the Giants in the offseason…and all three should be (and could be) coveted by Melvin.

Ironically, the Giants–at 73-61 and just a game out of the Wild Card race–are second-to-last in runs scored in the NL with 535, and 10th in BA at .258.  In other words, the Giants got where they are today by their depth in pitching, not because of their offense.

The Giants’ offense is especially weak at the three positions where the Brewers have trade options: shortstop, right field, and first base.  The 34 year-old Edgar Renteria is only hitting .259 this season and–while better than J.J. Hardy–not a viable long-term option for the Giants.  Renteria is also costing the Giants $8 million this season, so Hardy’s $3-$4 million contract for 2010 may be palatable for the Giants’ brass.

Hardy, however, would likely only net the Crew Sanchez…and, even that, may require another player.

Corey Hart is also rumored on the trading block…the Giants could be interested in him, too, with Hardy…but that would be a lot to give up for Sanchez.

Then there is Prince…the Brewers would insist that Cain be in any deal for Prince…but would either side be willing to make this big of a trade?  The Giants would probably want more than just Prince for Cain…but, as the Brewers would probably want more for Hardy or Hart than just Sanchez, could a Fielder and Hardy deal for Cain and Sanchez be done?  Such a deal would overhaul the Brewers’ pitching staff…but could the Giants spare two starters?

Anyway…after watching the Giants’ pitchers this weekend…should the Brewers go after any of them for 2010?

 

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Reports Say Hoffman Claimed by Giants

ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the San Francisco Giants were the “mystery team” that claimed Trevor Hoffman, and guesses that the claim was only done to block other playoff contenders from getting the all-time saves leader.

It’s a move that makes sense for the Giants, who are still trying to catch the Rockies for the NL Wildcard spot, and likely means that Hoffman isn’t going anywhere.  From Olney:

In response to a general question about whether he anticipated making a
move that would compromise the Brewers’ bullpen in the days ahead,
Brewers GM Doug Melvin replied in an e-mail, “Probably not.”

So we can likely put this story to bed.  Unless the Giants feel like they could actually use Hoffman (which is unlikely, with Brian Wilson posting 30 saves with a 3.00 ERA so far this year), he’ll be finishing the year with the Brewers.  Hoffman has seemed disappointed with the way things have gone so far this year, but he also seems to realize that this team has potential to be very, very good.  We’ll see if he returns for a similar salary next season, but at the very least it looks like Doug Melvin has his eyes on two compensation picks.