The San Francisco Giants learned today that they'll most likely be without their MVP for the rest of the year. Buster Posey suffered a broken bone in his lower leg that requires surgery during a game against the Marlins on Wednesday.
This is a huge blow to a Giant team that has always struggled to score a lot runs. Just the loss of Posey's presence is a major blow to them.
Last year, Posey came up and hit .305/.357/.505/.862 (That would be BA/OBP/SLG/OPS in that order) in 443 plate appearances. He was the reason the Giants made the playoffs last year and won the World Series against Texas.
Losing someone like that really hurts your team a lot, especially when they struggle to score runs to begin with.
Even before Posey got hurt, no one in the Giants lineup was hitting, besides Pablo Sandoval who had an OPS a bit over .900. Everyone else had an OPS under .800 which is not impressive if you're trying to defend your World Series rings.
What's worse is that the Giants are 29th in the majors in runs scored. And that's with Buster Posey.
Obviously, the Giants win almost all their games on the arms of their talented rotation, but you can't just rely on pitching.
With all their offensive struggles and the loss of one of their best hitters, it makes sense for them to go get another bat. Early in 2011, there were rumors that the Giants were inquiring about Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. Reyes is a free agent after this year and is having a great season so far. The Mets might not be able to re-sign Reyes after this year, so trading him is something the Mets obviously want to explore.
Another Met player on the market is Carlos Beltran. Trading Beltran makes a lot of sense because there's no chance he's a Met next year. It's hard to believe there hasn't been much trade speculation about Beltran with the year he's having. He's healthy and he's producing. He has an OPS of .930 and would provide a huge boost to the Giants offense.
Trading for Beltran makes the most sense for San Francisco. Right now, they lack a player who can drive in runs. Beltran is a guy who can drive in players on base, which the Giants desperately need.
Jose Reyes is a top-of-the-order hitter, but who's going to drive him in when he gets on base? I'm sure the Mets still want to try to re-sign Reyes, so trading Beltran makes the most sense for both teams. With Reyes being a fan favorite in New York, I'm sure Met fans would like that too.
Who should the Giants trade for?
Still, that brings yet another problem stemming from the Giants abysmal offense: Their general manager might get a little desperate for another bat. That's a win for the Mets, but not for the Giants.
With the NL West being wide open this year, the Giants will still be in this race the whole year. But when your team is almost last in the league in runs, it's hard not to panic. Losing Posey doesn't make things any better.
San Francisco could give the Mets more than what Reyes or Beltran are worth just because they need another hitter in that lineup so badly. The Giants farm system is average at best, so this move could really hurt their future—especially if they fail to re-sign Reyes or Beltran.
With the Mets most likely entering their rebuilding phase, the Giants should definitely be on the phone and try to acquire one of these two players. At the same time, the Mets should make sure they do what is best for their team. They need to build this team up for the future.
They're also in a good position given the situation in San Francisco. The Mets can't screw this up. Reyes and Beltran are the best bats that are available right now.
If the Giants want to win their division again and the Mets want to build for the future, they have to work together on this one.