Brian Sabean made several great moves in 2010 and along with manager Bruce Bochy, helped guide the Giants to their first world championship in San Francisco. The Giants are actually in better position to win their division this year than at the same time in 2010.
However, the Giants are not just looking to win the NL West but are trying to defend their World Series title. In order to have the best chance of advancing through playoffs against the likes of Philadelphia and Atlanta and also to beat the American League team, some roster enhancement is recommended.
The Giants made an excellent move earlier this week by acquiring infielder Jeff Keppinger from the Houston Astros. They gave up minor league pitchers Henry Sosa and Jason Stoffel, neither of whom were considered top prospects.
Keppinger is a very good contact hitter and can play second, short and third base. He will be used mostly at second base, enabling Mike Fontenot to move to shortstop when the Giants want to sit rookie Brandon Crawford.
The acquisition of Keppinger was particularly important because both Fontenot and Crawford are left-handed hitters. Keppinger bats right and is particularly tough on left-handed pitchers, with a .421 batting average against southpaws.
Coming to San Francisco, Keppinger was hitting .307 overall.
Giant fans will like this guy as he will remind you of Freddy Sanchez. He has good bat control and will hit line drives all over the field. Defensively, he is not as good as Sanchez, but he is decent.
Keppinger's addition also means the Giants are very unlikely to make a serious run at Jose Reyes. I'm sure they inquired about the Mets' star shortstop, but the asking price was undoubtedly very high.
Let's now take a look at the top five options remaining for the Giants as the the trade deadline approaches.