The Market for a Big Hitter
The discussion every day amongst Giants fans seems to be who should be brought into the fold at the trading deadline. Everyone from David DeJesus to Corey Hart have been discussed, and more recently Jayson Werth. With DeJesus hitting the disabled list, the options on the market have slightly narrowed.
Things being the way they are, I’m throwing my support out to acquire Jayson Werth. Rumor has it that the Phillies are looking to unload Werth and use the players in that deal to bring in Roy Oswalt. In other words, the Phillies want minor leaguers to flip to Houston. According to an interview on KNBR, Brian Sabean isn’t willing to deal anyone in the rotation, meaning minor leaguers are our only option in any trade.
If the Phillies want Oswalt, they need to unload Werth, plain and simple. They would need to clear the salary space for Oswalt’s contract as well as acquire pieces to send to the Astros. Philadelphia also has a replacement for Werth ready in the form of Domonic Brown, who many tag as one of the top prospects in baseball. All this means that Werth is not only expendable, but needs to go if the Phillies want to add a crucial piece to their rotation. If they ask for a Brandon Belt/Zack Wheeler-centric package, I’d be on board completely.
The one caveat here is that he would be the quintessential rent-a-player. He’s a free agent after this year, so the Giants would be sacrificing future value for 2-3 months of Jayson Werth. Even so, with the team we have now, a bat like his could prove to be essential down the line in a playoff run. He’s shown that he’s not an average player having a fluky season (Corey Hart, Jose Bautista), and that he can stay healthy enough to be in the lineup every day (David DeJesus).
Before you call me insane, try imagining a lineup with Aubrey Huff, Buster Posey, Jayson Werth, and Pablo Sandoval hitting 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th respectively. That’s a playoff-quality offense there folks, especially if Sandoval has truly found his stroke again. Couple that with the pitching staff we have right now and the Giants would be well-equipped to make a deep run into the postseason.
As good as our offense has been so far the second half, it has the potential to be much better. The one thing separating the Giants from playoff-hopeful to playoff certainty is an improved offense. Dealing for Werth would leave our rotation intact, while improving the lineup, and pushing Aaron Rowand out of playing time for all of eternity. The hit we’d take down the road prospect-wise is something we’d have to stomach if we want a postseason team. And while it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if we didn’t get a hitter, it would help quell a lot of doubts about this team’s ability to go deep into October. Just some food for thought.