Want to torture yourself? Scour the web for "San Francisco Giant trade rumors," then try making sense of it all.
Take a target like the Mets' Carlos Beltran. One day, Giants GM Brian Sabean has the inside track on bringing Beltran to San Francisco. Next, it's the Braves. Refresh your browser, and it's the Rangers. Or Red Sox.
The Phillies are hot for Beltran. Oh, wait; they've cooled to the idea.
Even worse, every rumor is based on anonymous (but "solid") sources. Who knows how much "inside" information is disinformation meant to confuse potential competitors?
There's just as much speculation about which prospects the Giants are or aren't willing to surrender for a roster upgrade.
Some pundits say San Francisco would deal just about anyone except Zach Wheeler, Gary Brown or Brandon Belt.
(I've also heard Sabean won't give up Double-A affiliate Richmond's mascot, the Flying Squirrel. I think it sets the standard for angry-animal mascots; judge for yourself)
But, seriously, who would Sabean give up? There are dozens of possibilities and countless variables, including the diverse interests and needs of potential trade partners.
So, acknowledging that this is a very inexact science in an environment fueled by half-truths and a dose of paranoia, here are four Giants prospects who could be packing their bags in the next few days.