Now that the 2010 trading season has started to materialize, I've been wondering what positions on the roster the Giants might look to upgrade. This season the Giants are in an interesting position. They are contending, and the message of the front office has clearly been one of "WIN NOW!," but the payroll is already larger than it has been the past couple of seasons, throwing into doubt if the Giants would take on salary. Additionally, while the Giants aren't good offensively, they seem to have depth with players that could step in and the team probably wouldn't change a bunch.
Without any more beating around the bush, here are the main options for the trading deadline:
Set up man:
The central strength of the bullpen last season was the set up corp and Brian Wilson. Between Brandon Medders, Sergio Romo and Jeremy Affeldt, the bullpen was very good leading up to Brian Wilson. Affeldt has been hurt for a large portion of the season and has simply not looked like a reliable reliever. The Set up roles have shifted from Affeldt and Romo to Casilla and Mota. While Mota and Casilla could maintain their great performances, an upgrade could be a better option.
Todd Wellemeyer has been much maligned by Giants fans until he was injured and gave way to Joe Martinez. Martinez, while a fan favorite, is likely a 4.50 ERA pitcher at best this season. All indications are that starting pitching will be plentiful on the market, so if no target for an offensive upgrade materializes, upgrading the 5th starter spot could make the Giants rotation dominant 1-5 and keep them in nearly every game.
First Baseman/ Corner Outfielder:
With the versatility on the roster, the Giants could move Buster Posey behind the plate and trade for a bat at either corner OF spot or First Base, sliding Aubrey Huff around as needed. As mentioned frequently, Bengie Molina has been atrocious both offensively and defensively and acquiring a league average player to replace Molina with could be a big boost.
So, McCoven, What should the Giants target in the trade market?