Jonathan Sanchez is no longer a Giant, Melky Cabrera is. There’s a pretty good argument that they could have gotten more had they traded Sanchez earlier in the year, but there was no way that was going to happen given the position they were in at the trade deadline. So, did they get enough for Sanchez given his stock as of last weekend?
Cabrera has been up and down in recent years, but when he’s on he’s a 15-20 HR .300 hitter. If last season was due to Cabrera finding religion in the workout room a la Pablo Sandoval, he could be a hell of an asset.
So what does this mean for the rest of the outfield? Do they put Cabrera in center, pursue Beltran for left field and hope Nate Schierholtz can cover half the outfield? Or do they let Beltran go for greener pastures and pursue Coco Crisp and a veteran shortstop? I’m honestly not sure, so much of it depends on what Beltran wants. If he can agree to a reasonable 2-3 year deal that leaves enough money for another infielder, I’d take it. At the same time, Coco Crisp and a run at Jimmy Rollins would be hard to argue with.
I’m guessing Brian Sabean is thinking something similar, hence all the “we’re not sure yet” answers on their plans for Melky.