Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings got underway Monday morning in the Las Vegas, but as of midday, no real big news has surfaced regarding the Giants, or any other team for that matter. The Giants seem to be in on a number of players, free agents, and possible trade targets alike but I would say that the chances of the Giants making any sort of newsworthy moves over the next few days aren't as likely as their flurry of recent action has lead some to believe. Still though, Brian Sabean is there, hopefully taking part in meetings/discussions all day rather than spending time at the the Hard Rock sipping cocktails. The Giants have a glaring hole in the middle of their lineup and at the corner of their infield and that needs to be number one on the list this week for the Giants management. They've also had an eye on the C.C. Sabathia sweepstakes while conducting other business. If anything, the front office should have a clear picture as to where the market stands in both the trade avenue and free agency after Thursday. I have composed a list of the most linked players to the Giants over the last few weeks with a little blurb about each, so keep an eye on these guys over the next few days:
C.C. Sabathia: Giants are in it, and C.C. would like to come home. This situation is also turning out a lot like the Barry Zito pursuit and the Giants got him (unfortunately). I still say he ends up with the Los Angeles Dodgers or New York Yankees and I would like to see the Giants save that money for offense anyway.
Randy Johnson: He wants to pitch for the Giants and had great a second half in 2008. He could be an option if Jonathan Sanchez is dealt and even though he's not the Unit of 10 years ago, he'd probably be pretty tough in this yard for a year while Alderson fine tunes in Connecticut and Fresno.
Adam Dunn: Though he's been linked to them, he's highly unlikely due to defensive liability and park factor, but the Giants have at least contacted him due to their complete lack of pop. If he could play first and comes at a discounted deal like a 3 year, $40 million one, he might be worth it. If he came here though think more along the lines of a 30 HR, 80 RBI compared to his 40-100 consistency he had with Cinci.
Pat Burrell: He has the needed power and had he been free last winter, most certainly would have been the pursued outfielder over Aaron Rowand. The outfield is crowded now though and he would be below average at first if moved there.
Jorge Cantu: The Giants could probably have him at any moment if they want to part with Sanchez. I wouldn't do it, but I could see it happening as a last resort to fill 3rd base.
Edwin Encarnacion: A very interesting player in that he has high offensive upside and is still young (25), but he has been atrocious at 3rd. He also has a slim chance to be non-tendered which would make him a free agent in a few weeks anyway, but I doubt that.
Hank Blalock: The Giants had confirmed interest last July before he got hurt. He may not be able to handle 3rd on a daily basis right now (shoulder) and could see power numbers dwindle in this park. Still, reports yesterday had him remaining on their radar.
Joe Crede: He's the only possible 3rd baseman who could be had without trading a good young pitcher. And although he's a gold-glove caliber defender and a run producer when healthy (he's only played 144 injury-riddled games over the last 2 seasons) so very much a risk/reward guy.
Miguel Tejada: The latest in the rumored infielders the Giants have interest in. I'm not sure how seriously to take this as Tejada isn't much of a run producer anymore (13 HRs, 63 RBI in 630 at-bats playing at Minute Maid Park half the time). Only way I semi-consider taking Tejada is if Houston took back someone like Dave Roberts as both are in their last contract year.
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