Last year, Brian Sabean answered the groans of the fan base and made a deadline deal to acquire outfielder Carlos Beltran in exchange for top pitching project Zack Wheeler.
Beltran was thought to be the answer to the Giants' 2011 offensive woes and push them back to their 2010 level in their attempt to repeat as World Series champions.
Instead, the trade ended a failure as Beltran got injured, the Giants missed the playoffs and Beltran signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason.
Sabean seems to have broken even in deadline acquisitions, and the Beltran bust should not overshadow past aggressive attempts that succeeded in bettering the Giants for both the short and long runs. For every Sidney Ponson bust that Sabean traded for, there has been a deadline deal for Freddy Sanchez to even out the franchise.
So what, if anything, does the 2012 trade deadline hold for the San Francisco Giants?
The Giants are fortunate that many of their current weaknesses may likely be strengthened with the expected return of injured players.
That said, the division leading Dodgers are a strong team who will only get stronger when injured Matt Kemp returns. Along with Kemp, it has to be assumed the Dodgers will attempt to improve through trades as well, as they need to mask the Kemp injury. Although the Giants should not try to keep up with Joneses, they cannot sit idle as the rival first place Dodgers make moves.
The following are two guys I think Sabean should inquire to trade for in the next two months. These guys, whose price tags vary and may not even be on the trading block, would surely improve a weakness for the Giants as well as be a strong long-term option. All that said, Sabean will likely be cautious after last year's Beltran bust.