MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Players the San Francisco Giants Could Trade in 2011

Michael ManbertContributor IIApril 30, 2011

MLB Trade Speculation: 5 Players the San Francisco Giants Could Trade in 2011

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    The San Francisco Giants may need some help on offense in order to repeat the success they experienced in 2010.
    The San Francisco Giants may need some help on offense in order to repeat the success they experienced in 2010.Elsa/Getty Images

    The San Francisco Giants returned all but two position players from their 2010 World Series roster. 

    Although that would generally be considered a positive thing, Giants fans would be the first to tell you that it is often "torture" to watch their team play, as was apparent in a 2010 season in which the Giants played in 53 one-run games. 

    They have carried their patented "torturous" style of play into 2011; this time, though, they are a game below .500—something that never occurred in 2010.

    With an aging lineup, look for GM Brian Sabean and the rest of the Giants front office to be active before the trade deadline—and hopefully sooner, rather than later. 

    Let us take a look at the five San Francisco Giants players most likely to be dealt in 2011.

5. Mike Fontenot

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 13: Casey Blake #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers slides into Mike Fontenot  #14 of the San Francisco Giants, breaking up a double play during a MLB baseball game at AT&T Park April 13, 2011 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by T
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    Although a valuable role player for the Giants, Mike Fontenot is a player that could possibly be dealt from the team in 2011. 

    With Emanuel Burriss having been brought up after hitting exceptionally well in Triple-A Fresno and Pablo Sandoval back in his 2009 form, the Giants no longer need Fontenot as an infielder.

    Once Andres Torres is off the DL, the Giants will also have increased depth both in the outfield and on the bench, as one of their four outfielders will likely be used as the primary pinch-hitter. 

4. Andres Torres

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Andres Torres #56 of the San Francisco Giants hits a RBI double in the top of the seventh inning the Texas Rangers in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Te
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    Aaron Rowand has provided the Giants with a problem that any team would like to have—too much outfield depth. 

    Although many would have Rowand be dealt before Torres, San Francisco simply cannot do without the offensive spark that Rowand provides. With Brandon Belt on the rise as an outfielder, look for Torres to possibly be dealt in 2011.

3. Mark DeRosa

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 20:  Third baseman Mark DeRosa #7 of the San Francisco Giants plays defense against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 20, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    DeRosa's situation is similar to that of Mike Fontenot's. The only difference? Two teams have expressed interest in DeRosa's talents—both the Marlins and the Reds.

    With Emanuel Burriss on the rise, and assuming Mike Fontenot remains in San Francisco, look for the Giants to consider ridding themselves of yet another aging position player in DeRosa.

2. Nate Schierholtz

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    SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 18:  Nate Schierholtz #12 of the San Francisco Giants plays against during the spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Scottsdale Stadium on March 18, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezia
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    Schierholtz is perhaps the Giants' most intriguing trade prospect to other MLB clubs. An MLB-ready swinger with a large frame and significant power, Schierholtz has yet to fulfill his potential in San Francisco.

    However, he is by no means a lost cause—with Brandon Belt's future in San Francisco being in the outfield and Aaron Rowand playing spectacularly, look for various AL teams to be chomping at the bit to add the young, talented Nate Schierholtz to their rosters. 

1. Miguel Tejada

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 24:  Miguel Tejada #10 of the San Francisco Giants in action against the Atlanta Braves at AT&T Park on April 24, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Yes, Tejada is 36 years old. Yes, he is undeniably on the decline. However, these facts coupled are still not enough to deter all interest in Tejada that teams will undoubtedly express as the season goes on, assuming he turns to somewhat mediocre form. 

    The fact that is probably most attractive to clubs interested in Tejada? He is signed to a one-year deal. Look for clubs in need of a quick upgrade at shortstop to participate in trade discussions with the Giants. 

    Look for the Giants to get an upgrade at shortstop themselves in the form of the Mets' Jose Reyes or the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins, should they deal Tejada.