The defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants have been in need of outfield depth for the majority of the 2015 season with star outfielder Hunter Pence battling injuries for much of this years' campaign. He was recently placed back on the disabled list, and with the Giants in the mix for a postseason spot, they need help now more than ever.
They did that by acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd from the Cincinnati Reds, but reports indicate that San Francisco is not done bringing in depth at the position. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Giants have expressed interest in bringing in Boston Red Sox outfielder Alejandro De Aza after failing to sign Drew Stubbs, who is now a member of the Texas Rangers.
Reports are also suggesting that the Giants had previously expressed interest in working out a deal with Boston, but walked away due to what they considered too high of an asking price. The Red Sox have since completely overhauled their front office. With Dave Dombrowski, the team's new President of Baseball Opertations, now the one answering trade calls, the two teams may be able to get something done this time around.
Before the start of the month of August, De Aza saw his name in the lineup on a relatively consistent basis. Since then, he has gone from everyday player to full-time reserve. With young outfield talent like Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. now commanding significant playing time, it is likely that De Aza will spend most nights on the bench for the remainder of his deal should he remain a member of the Red Sox.
With his contract expiring at the end of this season, the Red Sox would be wise to get something for De Aza while he has value rather than lose him for nothing after the season.
In an article published earlier today, Bleacher Report brought up an interesting theoretical trade that would get De Aza to San Francisco.
In the trade, the Giants would receive Alejandro De Aza, who would pair perfectly in a platoon system with newly acquired outfielder Marlon Byrd. De Aza has hit very will against right-handed pitching this season (.291 batting average), while Byrd has seen good success against left-handed pitchers while struggling mightily against righties.
In return, the Red Sox would receive right-handed pitcher Joe Biagini, who is the 28th ranked prospect in the Giants' organization according to MLB.com's rankings. The 25-year-old currently owns a 2.51 earned run average along with a 1.11 WHIP, and is believed to be on the verge of being Major League ready.
The proposed deal is a win-win for both sides. The Boston Red Sox are able to unload an expiring veteran outfielder, while receiving young pitching in return, and the Giants get the outfield depth they so desperately need.
With Dave Dombrowski now calling the shots in Boston, the team will be looking to retool and contend next season. They have to start somewhere, and this is a great move to kickoff the process.
By Jacob Young, @Jacob_BBS