Who is the Answer For the Giants?

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Who is the Answer For the Giants?
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Six weeks into the Giants' season it was thought that one bat wouldn't make a enough of a difference in a playoff push, and I agreed. The last thing smart Giants fans wanted was for the Giants to trade any of their considerable minor league talent for a bat that wouldn't get them into the playoffs anyway. 

As we approach the All-Star break, I am singing a different tune. Despite "the contract that shall not be named," they have some financial wiggle room to add a big bat.

There are a few realistic candidates (Jermaine Dye, Nick Johnson), but none better than Victor Martinez.

He is still relatively young (30), and his team has just about put a 42-cent stamp on 2009. Also he is not a band aid (see: Dye, Jermaine). He isn't a free agent until 2011 and will only make $7 million in 2010 leaving plenty of opportunity to sign him to a long-term deal. Furthermore, he's from the same country as emerging star Pablo "Kung-Fu Panda" Sandoval (not Pablo Sanchez, ESPN...).

Add all that to the fact that we have the minor league pieces that The Tribe might be looking for (RHP Tim Alderson and 1B Jesus Guzman or 1B Angel Villalona?). 

 

The Future

Here is the projected lineup for 2012 for Los Gigantes (according to BaseballAmerica):

Catcher Buster Posey
First Base Angel Villalona
Second Base Nick Noonan
Third Base Conor Gillaspie
Shortstop Ehire Adrianza
Left Field Fred Lewis
Center Field Aaron Rowand
Right Field Nate Schierholtz
No. 1 Starter CyBiscuit
No. 2 Starter Madison Bumgarner
No. 3 Starter Matt Cain
No. 4 Starter Tim Alderson
No. 5 Starter Barry Zito
Closer Brian Wilson

 

We know a couple of things. First, Fred Lewis is close to getting put on waivers, because he is stinking up the joint and is out of options. Second, Conor Gillaspie will have to find another job because the Panda is here to stay. Other than that, we have some room to maneuver, and a very realistic shot at the playoffs this year. 

How does this look:

Catcher Buster Posey
First Base Victor Martinez / Adrian Gonzalez
Second Base Nick Noonan
Third Base              
Kung-Fu
Shortstop Ehire Adrianza
Left Field John Bowker
Center Field Andres Torres
Right Field Nate Schierholtz
No. 1 Starter The Freak
No. 2 Starter Mad Bum
No. 3 Starter Matt Cain
No. 4 Starter Barry Zito
No. 5 Starter Who Cares...?
Closer Sergio Romo / Jonathan Sanchez

 

That is a World Series lineup....

I also think we need to act before this team starts slumping. We are hot right now and if we bring in a stud like Martinez, it will only serve to further energize this club. We need to take advantage of the fact that we have the best pitcher on earth, performing at his best.

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