After scoring the second-fewest number of runs in Major League Baseball last year, the San Francisco Giants’ offseason objective was simple: Get offense.
And they did, although probably not to the degree many would have expected. Rather than re-sign Carlos Beltran or even a lesser free agent like Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel or Josh Willingham, the Giants opted for a couple of low-leverage trades.
The first saw them send left-handed starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez to the Royals in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera. Exactly one month later, they dealt center fielder Andres Torres and relief pitcher Ramon Ramirez for veteran New York Mets outfielder Angel Pagan.
So, which was the better acquisition?
The answer may surprise you, chiefly because it has little to do with the relative merits of each player and more to do with what the Giants sacrificed to get them.
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