The Case Against Trading For A Bat

We all want to win, we all want to go to the playoffs. But it seems to me this is not the year to pull out the stops and make major trades in an effort to get to the playoffs.

I think the Giants have shown vision - a plan - over the past 3/4 years and it is starting to pay dividends - even if a little early. The fact that we are winning here in '09 should not lead us to go for broke this year. In fact, in my opinion, we have so many unanswered questions, we should continue to give our young players experience and evaluate them - and, in that context, try to get to the playoffs - ie without any trades. I think, as we look ahead to '10, '11, '12, it is important to see which of our many near prospects can be productive MLB players. Bringing in a "Bat" only takes away ABs for guys like Ishi, Schierholtz, Lewis, Frandsen, Downs, Bowker. I would rather clear space to get these guys as much playing time as possible over the next three months, which will allow us to make judgments about 1b, 2b, LF, RF. As an aside, I think we will be every bit as competitive with these guys playing as we are likely to be with whoever we are likely to end up with in trade. This prepares us much more for the coming off season as we will have a much better idea which positions we have covered and we will still be in possession of our prospects (trading chips) and cash.

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