Sitting atop the National League West by 7.5 games, the San Francisco Giants own the best record in baseball due to their solid starting rotation, lights-out bullpen and timely hitting.
The Giants have a much more complete team than they have had in recent years and do not need to make any blockbuster moves before the July 31 trade deadline.
There aren’t many holes in the Giants roster, but if you were to pick an area to improve it would be the production from the second-base position. Filling in for the 2012 World Series MVP, Marco Scutaro, Brandon Hicks is hitting below the Mendoza Line with a .183 average.
On the plus side, Hicks’ power has been a big surprise this year. He’s third on the club with eight home runs, including a three-run walk-off against the Cleveland Indians on April 27. However, with a .299 OBP and 63 strikeouts, he hasn’t done much at the plate besides hit the occasional long ball.
During their championship runs in 2010 and 2012, the Giants leaned on second basemen Freddy Sanchez and Scutaro to ignite rallies and score runs.
If the Giants were to make a move before the deadline, here are five second basemen to consider bringing over to San Francisco.