MLB Trade Rumors and Speculations: Top 9 San Francisco Giants Targets

Ally Williams@@itsallyduhhCorrespondent IJune 1, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors and Speculations: Top 9 San Francisco Giants Targets

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    Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes would both be excellent additions to San Francisco's lineup.
    Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes would both be excellent additions to San Francisco's lineup.Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

    An offensive slump doesn’t even begin to describe the Giants’ hitting problems. Their .239 batting average is the fourth lowest in the National League, and they rank second-to-last in runs scored, only two ahead of San Diego.

    Buster Posey’s season-ending injury could have be one of the worst things the Giants could imagine. They now need to choose between finding a new backstop and putting their faith in Eli Whiteside and Chris Stewart.

    Miguel Tejada is not cutting it as the Giants’ shortstop. While Brandon Crawford is holding his own for the moment, he’ll probably need some time in Triple-A before staying in the majors for an extended period of time.

    With all that being said, these are several guys who could help San Francisco to a repeat appearance in the Fall Classic.

SS Jose Reyes, Mets

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets bats against the Washington Nationals during the Mets' Home Opener at Citi Field on April 8, 2011 in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens in New York City. The Nationals won 6-2. (Photo by Al Bel
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    Jose Reyes would be a huge asset to the Giants, both offensively and defensively.

    He’s a good shortstop with a .335/.382/.493 stat line this season.

    Possible trade options for Reyes include Zach Wheeler, who told Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News that he considers it a compliment to be considered trade bait for the Mets' shortstop.

    There have been rumors linking Reyes to the Giants for some time, so fans will just have to wait and see if anything comes from it.

C Ivan Rodriguez, Nationals

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    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 15: Catcher Ivan Rodriguez #7 of the Washington Nationals gives the thumbs up to the crowd after the Nationals defeated the Florida Marlins 8-4  at Nationals Park on May 15, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has reported the Giants expressing interest in Pudge.

    Rodriguez has been one of the premiere catchers for years, but as the seasons go on, so does Ivan’s age, and he’s been slowing down, batting just over .200 with two home runs on the season.

    However, Rodriguez has the experience offensively and defensively, both at and behind the plate, and he's still doing fine.

    The Nats also have two young catching prospects they’d like to try out, so trading Rodriguez could prove to be beneficial to both parties.

C Bengie Molina, Rangers

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    ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31:  Bengie Molina #11 of the Texas Rangers looks on during batting practice against the San Francisco Giants in Game Four of the 2010 MLB World Series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Pho
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    Giants fans may cringe at the thought of the return of this guy, especially as he was traded to let Buster Posey take over and send the team to a World Series.

    Bengie is a nice guy, and would really like to return to San Francisco, but ESPN had some reason to mock his slow speed around the bases last year.

    Molina hasn’t played since last season, but according to Andrew Baggarly, he’d be willing to go down to the minors for a couple weeks to get…ahem…back in shape.

    He is one of the guys linked with the Giants lately, though, so we may see him.

SS J.J. Hardy, Orioles

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    BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 12: J.J. Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles in action against the Seattle Mariners at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on May 12, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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    If the Giants don’t end up getting Jose Reyes, J.J. Hardy could prove to be a definite possibility in the coming months.

    J.J. Hardy is just coming off the DL, and the Orioles have some roster decisions to make. Ken Rosenthal notes Hardy as one of the shortstops to keep an eye on.

    The 28-year-old shortstop has a .236/.317/.371 stat line over 25 games, and if he can stay healthy, has several more years of play still in him.

2B Blake DeWitt, Cubs

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    DENVER, CO - APRIL 17:  Blake DeWitt #9 of the Chicago Cubs takes an at bat against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on April 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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    Blake DeWitt doesn’t seem to have a future with the Cubs, according to Jordan Campbell of Cubbies Crib.

    Chicago has been looking for a younger lineup, and while DeWitt is only 25, the Cubs have guys they’re looking to bring up soon.

    DeWitt is more of an infielder, but his recent practice in the outfield can prove to be useful to many teams, including the Giants. He would be a good second baseman off the bench, or to serve as a replacement if Freddy Sanchez gets banged up again.

    Could he be a guy to try and groom into a utility player? The only time he's played short was opening day in 2009 for the Dodgers, but again, he's only 25, so that could be an option if the Giants grab him.

UT Bill Hall, Astros

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    HOUSTON - APRIL 30:  Bill Hall #22 of the Houston Astros rounds third base to score on a singe by Jason Bourgeois in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 at Minute Maid Park on April 30, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob
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    This is a utility player that any team could want.

    Bill Hall can play third, short or outfield and is hitting a little under average.

    The Giants need solid fielders that can hit, and if Hall heats up, he could prove useful to San Francisco.

RF Michael Cuddyer, Twins

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 23: Jack Cust #29 of the Seattle Mariners is forced out at second base as second baseman Michael Cuddyer #5 of the Minnesota Twins tries to turn two during their game on May 23, 2011 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Roc
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    If the Minnesota Twins weren’t in the middle of a disappointing season, Michael Cuddyer probably wouldn’t be an option...but with a 17-35 record so far, the Twins may look to get building pieces for next season.

    Cuddyer will be a free agent in 2012, so he could be more valuable as a trading piece to the Twins than to stay with them for the rest of the year.

    His stat line of .263/.320/.374 isn’t amazing, but a change of scenery and new clubhouse could reignite his bat, and the Giants could use a power outfielder.

    His experience at second and third could help San Francisco, too. While he struggled at those positions with the Twins, he could become a suitable backup infielder with some work.

RF Ryan Ludwick, Padres

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    PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 17:  Ryan Ludwick #47 of the San Diego Padres bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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    The Giants have plenty of outfielders, but none are really power hitters or hitting well, period.

    Ryan Ludwick currently leads the Padres with eight home runs, and the Giants could be interested in the outfielder if he can continue to hit and field well.

    The Padres are at the bottom of the NL West this season and could look to deal Ludwick for prospects or a way to get back to their 2010 season.

    A big issue that could keep this from ever formulating: It's hard to see the Padres wanting to trade with a division rival.

RF Carlos Beltran, Mets

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    DENVER, CO - MAY 12:  Carlos Beltran #15 of the New York Mets rounds the bases on his third home run of the game off of Matt Lindstrom of the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning at Coors Field on May 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Beltran had three homeru
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    This season, Carlos Beltran has resurfaced as a power hitting right fielder.

    Batting .280 this season with eight home runs, Beltran is in the last year of his contract with the Mets.

    He may be too costly for the Giants, and Buster Olney of ESPN has already suggested a trade to the Yankees, but if Beltran came to San Francisco, the Giants would have a huge addition to their lineup.