San Francisco Giants: 5 Players Who Could Be off the Roster by October
The Giants have had a constantly changing roster this season. Chances are, several of the players that have been key in certain situations could be gone by the postseason.
Bruce Bochy and the rest of the Giants organization have been creative in the use of the disabled list so far, but at some point players will come back and a decision will have to be made.
Some players have made quite the impact, meaning others may be on their way out of the Bay Area.
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As the Giants move toward the postseason, Miguel Tejada continues to be uninspiring. He’s aging, isn’t producing, and is being shown up by the likes of Brandon Crawford and Mike Fontenot.
It’s difficult to validate a reason to put Tejada in the field when other players are fielding and hitting better than he is. He could stay on the team as a pinch hitter or backup for the rest of them.
It might help the team more though if he’s taken off the roster to clear a spot for someone else.
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The San Francisco Giants starting rotation is phenomenal. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Madison Bumgarner are here to stay, and Ryan Vogelsong is one of the best stories in baseball this year.
That leaves Barry Zito. If Zito continues to do well, Bochy isn’t going to try to get rid of him. Jonathan Sanchez could be easier to lose, and he could be a key part in getting a big bat by the trade deadline.
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Chris Stewart had a good game today, and he’s had some good ones before this one. However, he’s not the solution to the Giants catching problem.
Eli Whiteside is the backup catcher, and if Hector Sanchez does well, Stewart will be out of a job. Even if Sanchez ends up sent back to the minors, the Giants will do something to grab another catcher.
There’s a chance Sanchez could be trade bait, but it’s hard to imagine such a high prospect being sent on his way when the Giants catching problem is so real.
No matter how the three catchers currently on the roster end up doing, Stewart is going to be the odd man out.
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When Guillermo Mota is on, he’s great. When he’s having a bad day, he’s all over the place.
With the fantastic bullpen the Giants have, losing a guy like Mota wouldn’t be terrible. He’s good enough to be used in a deal for another bat.
His 4.30 ERA is the worst of the active pitchers on the roster right now and his inconsistency is more worrisome than the rest of the bullpen.
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Pat Burrell is currently on the disabled list for a bone spur, but he hadn’t been producing before the injury. He’s 2 for 14 in his last ten games and it doesn’t seem like any huge improvement is likely.
It’s possible the Giants will release him when he gets healthy—if he gets healthy. He could be used as a trade piece since his contract is so low.
Either way, there’s a definite possibility he won’t be in a Giants jersey by the end of the season.
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