With the San Francisco Giants struggling to score runs, the whole world is suggesting the men in orange and black should trade for a proven hitter. But the word around the block is there isn't much available in terms of difference making bats.
Therefore, is it really that far-fetched of an idea for the Giants to make a run at Roy Halladay? Unlike a Matt Holliday, Halladay is still under contract for next season and would at-least be able to help a team in double the pennant races as would a two-month rent-a-player as Holliday. (I know, all these Halladay's and Hollidays's are throwing me off too)
If both players had a year left on their contracts, the Giants would most definitely go after the hitter, but with seemingly very few hitters on the market, San Francisco might as well make a move for Halladay.
Assuming San Francisco were to decide a move is necessary, Halladay, not Holliday would be the safer the move to make.
The reasoning is simple, with Halladay you know exactly what you are going to get. The Blue Jays' ace will come in and throw at-least a couple of complete games in the pitcher's park that is AT&T and will be a dominant force every time he takes the mound.
However with Holliday, the issue has always been how much did playing at Coors Field enhance his career numbers. So far with Oakland, Holliday has not put numbers that we are used to seeing from him but how much weight can we put into that? The Athletics have a terrible hitter's park, and not only does Holliday have zero protection surrounding him in the lineup, but he is also learning American League hitting for the first time.
Holliday could be the hitter the Giants need, but with the skepticism around his career numbers, having the infamous Scott Boras as his agent, and being considered a "rent-a-player" may hinder teams from trading for him.
Therefore, Halladay is the safest bet and if the Giants are willing to give up enough prospects to acquire Holliday, then might as well as give them up for a player who has a longer contract.
Now granted this move would still leave the Giants with an anemic offense. However, as one of the guests on the show "Chronicle Live" pointed out, there are two ways to make your team better: "Get a hitter, score more runs, get a pitcher, give up less runs".
For the longest time, the Giants had three starters at the top of the rotation who were absolutely feared by opposing hitters. With Tim Lincecum, Randy Johnson and Matt Cain all throwing tremendously well, it was obvious that the Giants needed nothing but to go after a hitter through the trade market.
However, Randy Johnson's injury has changed things dramatically. Despite being a Matt Holliday fan, if the Giants acquired him, would he be enough to get the Giants into the post-season? With a healthy Randy Johnson, I would say yes. But in reality having now just two above average starting pitchers might not be enough to get San Francisco to the playoffs even if they did acquire a middle-of-the-order bat.
The combination of Barry Zito, Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Sadowski doesn't exactly keep opposing hitters up at night. But a 1-2-3 of Lincecum, Halladay and Cain would do just that.
Plus, as I've mentioned before, Halladay isn't a two-month rent-a-player. His acquisition would potentially give the Giants the most filthy "Big three" the game has ever seen for two different pennant races.
This way, the Giants could potentially go after Matt Holliday in free-agency because Halladay will be on the last year of his current deal and so it is not like his acquisition costs San Francisco that much money-wise.
Maybe it is to far-fetched of an idea, but let's just take a moment to think about the 2010 Giants:
Rotation: Lincecum, Halladay, Cain
Lineup 3-4-5: Sandoval, Holliday, Posey
Of course trading for Halladay all depends on how much San Francisco would have to give up. But as long as Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey are "untouchable" the Giants shouldn't be afraid to offer whatever else it takes to bring in Halladay.
Now this thought may not be popular with most of the Giants community here on B/R but if you can hold onto your top two prospects, you would be insane not to offer everything else you got at a chance to have both starting pitchers from the ASG on the same team.
If the Giants could get Halladay for a combination of Henry Sosa, Tim Alderson, Angel Villalona, Emmanuel Burriss, Kevin Pucetas, etc. Why not?
Fans may worry that giving up so much minor league talent will hinder the Giants' chances at three, four, five World Series championships down the road.
However, in over 50 years since moving to San Francisco the Giants have yet to win a single World Series. So how bout they win ONE title first before they declare Alderson the next Cy Young and Villalona the next Barry Bonds.
If I remember correctly, Chicago Cubs fans thought Kerry Wood and Mark Prior would end up being long-time aces for the franchise and lead the Cubs to their first championship in over 90 years (which has now grown to over 100). However we all know that injuries destroyed any chance of that coming true for Cubs fans.
Now in order for the Giants to get Halladay they would have to give up a lot of minor league talent but the way they have drafted the last couple years, San Francisco can always re-stock their farm system.
But when you have an excess of one item (young talented minor leaguers) and an inferior amount of another item (quality big league talent) you would be insane to not try to balance it out.
Listen, I'm all for keeping the premium minor league talent that is nearly big-league ready but with the way the season has gone for the Giants, completely sitting pat would be a statement that this franchise is not about winning.
If the front-office is waiting until next season to "really compete" then why should I continue spending my money and going to AT&T park to watch the games?
Why should any die-hard come to the park even to watch Lincecum? If he throws a 3-hit shutout, what does it matter?
Next season is the year that they are "suppose to" compete and so nothing Lincecum does this year really matters.
In any case, why not just shut him down come September? Don't want to risk injury right? I mean if next year is the year the Giants are actually going to try and win, what's the point of risking injury to "the franchise"?
The simple fact is that Giants GM Brian Sabean has to do something, anything to try and at-least upgrade this current team or there will be no need to keep watching the rest of the season.
There are numerous possible trades that Sabean could pull the trigger on but the safest bet would be to go after Halladay.