In perusing the web on a slow news day in baseball, I came across an article written by Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports, in which he discusses the possibility of trading San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum.
My first thought upon seeing the title of the article was, "Is this man totally daft?"
However, after reading a bit more about what he had to say, I actually found myself agreeing with several of his points.
The Giants were the worst team in baseball in terms of run production, placing in the bottom fourth of MLB in just about every statistical offensive category of note. While their pitching and a couple of hot bats carried them to the World Series championship in 2010, no amount of great pitching was going to help them in 2011, as their anemic lineup consistently failed time after time.
While Morosi points out that help is clearly available through the free-agent market, that help will be very expensive to purchase. And with the Giants' pitching staff—or at least the top three in the rotation—due to receive lofty raises shortly, the Giants may be unable to go after the help through free agency that they so desperately need.
So, does trading away the staff ace really seem that outrageous?
Let's explore the options, and also other blockbuster moves that could happen along with a possible trade...