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San Francisco Giants: You Have to Start One, Bench One, Kill One

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 16:  Aaron Rowand #33 of the San Francisco Giants high fives teammate Pat Burrell #5 in the dugout after scores a sixth inning run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on April 16, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Scott SemmlerAnalyst IIApril 28, 2011

Aaron Rowand, Nate Schierholtz, Mark DeRosa—you have to start one, bench one, kill one...Go!

It is no secret the San Francisco Giants have too many outfielders. No, it is not that all of these players are so good that it is hard to get rid of one of them, but it is the fact that each of them are of the mediocre variety that makes it so tough to get rid of them.

Recent reports have the Florida Marlins eyeing utility man Mark DeRosa for their third base job.

So DeRosa is the one you kill off, right? What is holding back this deal from taking place?

The recent departure of DeRosa to the 15-day DL just sent this transaction between the two teams back a few weeks, and it could not have come at a worse time.

DeRosa is the odd man out on this team right now. He is the one you kill off.

Reports of the Giants shopping Schierholtz are true as well, but he plays such a nice right field at home that it would be hard to give up Schierholtz and keep DeRosa. Especially if teams are actually seeking out DeRosa.

Rowand, on the other hand, is safe. It has nothing to do with his mouth-full of a contract that the Giants would have to swallow, although if a team would like to come and swallow that for them that would be great. Any takers?

Rowand is batting .278 and is fourth on the team in hits with 20. Nothing eye-popping, but we'll take what we can get from a guy who everyone thought had lost it forever.

Here's why you have to decide who to kill off of this team. Brandon Belt will be returning to this ball club sooner than later, which now means the Giants will have yet another outfielder to add to their roster in Aubrey Huff, who will be moving from first base to right field again.

Plus, Andres Torres will be returning from the DL, so you can add another outfielder to that list as well. That makes potentially seven outfielders for three spots.

For now, the Giants should start Rowand. Torres is out and they don't have another choice in center field, except for Darren Ford, who will be sent back down to Triple-A momentarily.

Down the line, Rowand will either be the starting left fielder or a utility man. But for now, he starts.
The Giants must bench Schierholtz. He won't be helping the team anytime soon, but the guy can stay on this team as long as he has a cannon of an arm and is alright with playing from the 7th inning on.

Which means you must kill off DeRosa. A mix of injuries and not being beneficial to the team since becoming a Giant is to blame.

Don't get me wrong, emptying DeRosa and Schierholtz may not be the biggest disaster in the long run. But since it's so early in the season, we'll think small. One excess outfielder at a time.

So you have to start one, bench one, kill one...Go!

Rowand, Schierholtz, DeRosa.

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