If pitching is baseball's currency, then the Giants are among baseball's richest clubs, despite coming off a dismal season.
The Giants have an excess of pitching available for trade as the annual Winter Meetings approach, from proven Major League talent to promising Minor League prospects. They'll also consider deals involving any of their position players. Such open-minded thinking is necessary for a team that has missed the postseason for four consecutive years and needs help virtually everywhere except in the starting rotation.
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2007 finish: 71-91, last place, NL West.
Deals so far:
Re-signed SS Omar Vizquel (one year plus vesting option for 2009).
Players eligible for arbitration:
RHPs Kevin Correia, Brad Hennessey and Vinnie Chulk.
OF Barry Bonds, 1B-OF Ryan Klesko, 3B Pedro Feliz, C Mike Matheny, RHP Russ Ortiz.
Needs: Infield, outfield and relief pitching. The Giants particularly need a third baseman, since Feliz, who is said to want a three-year contract, appears unlikely to re-sign. Despite being well-stocked with outfielders, the Giants might be seeking a big bat to anchor the middle of the batting order. They definitely need experience and depth in the bullpen.
The Giants are willing to part with Noah Lowry, their leading winner in '07, as well as fellow starters Jonathan Sanchez and Kevin Correia, who have shown flashes of brilliance. Even Matt Cain and Tim Lincecum, the prized pair of right-handers, have been mentioned in trade rumors. Catcher Bengie Molina, a key run producer and respected leader, could be had in the right deal.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.