Jon Heyman: "sfgiants interested in jose bautista." July 21,10
I remember Peter Gammons on MLB Network last season right before the trade deadline predicting that the Giants would make a deal for Bautista.
The Giants could probably have dealt Bumgarner to the Blue Jays for Bautista. He was considered a possible one year wonder and PED candidate at the time, but now appears to be a legit late bloomer who is the undisputed best hitter in baseball. I wonder what that would have done to the Giants World Series prospects. Would the Giants have acquired and started Cody Ross in the playoffs? Bautista was considered a journeyman utility player and could have easily supplanted Pablo at third. That would have ment no Renteria in the World Series I assume. Maybe a combination of Zack Wheeler and others would have been enough so Bumgarner could have stayed. Just imagine, the next Barry Bonds.
During the offseason the Red Sox were interested but that door had already been shut. Sabean, I hate you.