The Giants have a veteran middle of the lineup capable of driving in runs but lack players at the top of the order who can get on base consistently. San Francisco’s 0.310 OBP ranks 22nd in MLB.
The league’s most prolific run generator is available and the Giants have a spot for him. But he will come at a price.
Jose Reyes is tied for fourth in the majors with 50 runs scored and leads all of baseball in hits and average. Reyes’ 0.388 OBP and 22 stolen bases are just what the Giants need at the top of the order and would immediately jump-start San Francisco’s offense.
Aaron Rowand’s bat control makes him a candidate to move from the leadoff role to the two-hole in the lineup. Moving Tejada from second to deeper in the order will benefit the fastball hitter.
Current shortstop Brandon Crawford can be used in the trade for Reyes or can be sent back down to the minors. While his defense is good and he is a fan favorite, he is not ready to contribute offensively against major league pitching. Bill Hall and Miguel Tejada can platoon at second base while the team waits for Freddy Sanchez to return from the DL.
While adding Reyes would be ideal, a trade between the Giants and Mets might be difficult to work out. Luckily for San Francisco, top prospect Brandon Belt will most likely not be needed in the trade since New York already has Ike Davis in their long-term plans at first base.
The Giants will have to part with some top young pitching, which might not be so bad considering the young starting rotation the team already has in place. Zach Wheeler will need to be included in the deal and likely at least one more starting pitching prospect.
San Francisco will most likely need to provide a long- and short-term replacement for Reyes. Either Crawford or Ehire Adrianza will need to go and Tejada might be of interest to the Mets for the short term.
The Giants might have to get creative and help get the Mets out from under Jason Bay’s contract if they want Reyes. Bay is struggling this season but can provide a power boost when completely healthy.
While the Giants will have to give up a lot for Reyes, his offensive impact would be key in leading the team back to the World Series. San Francisco again has a chance to win this year and need to take advantage, even if it means losing a few top prospects.
As Giants fans know, those chances don’t come often.