While he never had a chance to come to San Francisco, Mark Teixiera, believe it or not, may be helping the Giants solve their offensive woes.
Since Tex signed in New York, the Giants rumor mill has been as busy as ever this winter.
First it was Manny Ramirez and we all know where the Giants stand on that by now. In the past few days a pair of New York Yankees sluggers have joined the party of who might possibly don the orange and black next season.
Outfielders Xavier Nady and Nick Swisher are the latest names to be thrown into the hat of possible solutions to solve the Giants' offensive woes.
Word on the street is that Yankees GM Brian Cashman wants to hang on to Swisher to replace Bobby Abreu in right and considering Nady is a free agent after the 2009 season.
However, as it seems like what happens with Ramirez and Joe Crede, there is Scott Boras lurking in the wings.
Yes, Boras represents Nady. Something that will make more Giants' fans squirm than cheer.
Both would help. You would have to be some kind of idiot to think they wouldn't. Any type of offensive upgrade would get the Giants in the conversation to win the National League West.
Despite only hitting .218 a year ago, Swisher probably has the upper hand because of his versatility. He can play all three outfield positions as well as first base. Nady on the other hand, while it is pretty surprising, has only played 82 games at first and three in the past two seasons over his six-plus years in the big leagues.
His patience at the plate is another attractive aspect of his game, with a on-base percentage of .354. And with all of his struggles at the plate last season, that on-base percentage would have been one of the best on the Giants' roster.
Swisher has averaged 25 homers per season over his career, but Nady's numbers are the more consistent. In fact, they have gotten better every year that he has played.
But that Boras guy still looms if the Giants do see him as an option beyond 2009.
Chris Haft of MLB.com pointed out that Swisher would be a logical piece to the puzzle for the Giants until 18-year-old first baseman Angel Villalona is ready to burst on the scene.
And considering Swisher has three years and $20 million left on his contract, it's a logical move. Plus at age 28, he is entering the prime of his career.
Furthermore, in an offseason where the Giants have brought in a couple of stop-gaps while youngsters continue to develop, what's one more?
When Villalona does hit the bigs, which seems to be 2011 or 2012 if you look at his current minor league progression, Swisher would be open to changing positions.
They also have Bay Area ties. Nady is a UC Berkeley grad while Swisher obviously was one of the key youngsters in Billy Beane's Moneyball hey day and still owns a home in the Bay Area.
The problem is, of course, if they can actually obtain either one from the Yankees. It's not like the Yankees are trying to dump salary as we have learned the past few months, so the price will probably be high.
Jonathan Sanchez would probably be involved. He has been in every other trade rumor that the Giants are involved in, so there's no reason why he wouldn't be in this one.
But that's not all that the Giants would have to give up.
The Yankees would surely ask for a high-ranking prospect. No, that doesn't mean Madison Bumgarner or Tim Alderson being included.
There is no hiding that the Giants have starting pitching to offer and, despite all of their spending, there is still a need to get a starter to the Bronx.
And if word is true that Brian Sabean prefers to trade instead of sign a free agent hitter at this point in time, getting either Swisher or Nady makes sense. A whole lot of sense.