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Nate Schierholtz had requested a trade and he got his wish
If you take a close look at the deals that netted the Giants Hunter Pence and Marco Scutaro, the Giants did not really give up that much.
Traded in the Pence deal were outfielder Nate Schierholtz and two minor league prospects, catcher Tommy Joseph and reliever Seth Rosin. Schierholtz was frustrated by his status as a spot starter and late-inning defensive replacement. He felt he should have been given a shot at a regular starting job.
In reality, manager Bruce Bochy gave Schierholtz several chances to establish himself as an everyday player. Schierholtz proved to be very inconsistent, prone to long slumps and injury when he played regularly.
The real issue was Schierholtz's lack of run production as a corner outfielder. This year, in 196 plate appearances, Schierholtz has five home runs and only 17 RBI. In his career, over 1,316 plate appearances, Schierholtz has only 23 home runs and 119 RBI. His career OBP of .319 and SLG of .412 are also subpar.
Schierholtz is a fine defensive outfielder and can get hot for brief stretches. However, he has never been able to sustain his hitting and is best suited as a fourth or fifth outfielder.
The trade to Philadelphia gives Schierholtz another chance, but unless he is able to produce more than he did in San Francisco, he will likely find himself in the same role he had with the Giants.
Joseph was one of the Giants' better prospects. He has shown very good power in the minors, but the Giants are deep at the catching position. In addition to Buster Posey and Hector Sanchez, the Giants also have another good, young prospect in Andrew Susac. Joseph, therefore, became expendable.
Seth Rosin is a mid-range prospect with a 4.31 ERA in A-ball at San Jose.
In the deal that netted the Giants Marco Scutaro, Sabean gave up infielder Charlie Culberson. He had a brief appearance with the Giants earlier this year, but hit only .136 in 22 at-bats.
Culberson is only 23 years of age, so he does have some upside potential. However, in my opinion, he looks like a career minor league player. In six professional seasons, Culberson has never hit above .290.
This year in Triple-A Fresno, Culberson was batting only .236 with an OBP of .283. He also does not have a great deal of power, as his season high for home runs is 16, which he accomplished in A-ball at San Jose in 2010.
In looking at the players the Giants gave up, it was a very small price to pay for the chance to win now.