Phelps just got cut by the Cards today, and I think this is the type of guy the Giants should be willing to give a look to. Phelps was once a highly touted prospect (Jays #1 prospect in 2002) and he has some pop while not being averse to walks. I don't know much about his defense at 1B, but he started out at a catcher so he must be athletic enough to play a decent 1B. This year in AAA Phelps posted a .291/.373/.568 line with 31 HR's and 56/109 BB/K ratio
Why not give this guy a shot? Ishikawa deserves a bit of a chance too, sure, but the Giants really need to give some guys like Phelps a look. This guy had plenty of promise before, and even managed some decent mlb seasons, why not give him a look?
Here's my list of castoff guys I'd like the Giants to give a look:
1) Dallas McPherson - Always had mammoth power and we have very poor 3B alternatives. Pablo??? I'd rather keep him at C and trade Molina, which shouldn't be too hard. Even hitting .240, McPherson could be a more productive hitter than Molina
2) Josh Phelps - I've already detailed why I like him
3) Chase Lambin - Nothing special here, but it seems like he's been blocked by star players (Reyes and Hanley) and the guy can play 3B-SS-2B and has a decent bat. Probably not a guy you'd want getting tons of at bats, but then again, who do we have at SS that we'd like to see getting at bats?
4) Bobby Scales - No, he's not a guy I think could do much with a starting gig, but seems like a nice guy to have off the bench. We have Eugenio, who is flawed but still has some use, so this is unlikely, but still, the guy posted a .415 OBP in AAA this year, which could really be useful. Just a seemingly deserving player that might be a productive bench player with a shot at the bigs