Melky Cabrera-Jonathan Sanchez Trade: San Francisco Giants Acquire Royals Outfielder

We break down the news that the San Francisco Giants traded pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and a minor leaguer to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera. For more on the Giants, check out McCovey Chronicles.

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Melky Cabrera Trade: How It Affects Carlos Beltran

The San Francisco Giants have already gone out and gotten themselves a new bat for their roster next year, but the elephant in the room remains whether or not slugger Carlos Beltran will be wearing Black and Orange in 2012.

The Giants have a litany of contracts to tie-up or tie-off, which I have listed below, though there is no bigger target for the Giants right now than Beltran. The addition of another outfielder could signal that the Giants are already trying to replace him in the lineup, or they could be trying to load the outfield with sluggers and make another World Series run next season. Either way this move is correlated to Beltran in some regard.

Beltran is undoubtedly looking for that last big contract, which he feels his new agent Dan Lozano will bring him. He also wants to play for a contender, which the Giants most certainly are, the question will be if the numbers will line up.

Hopefully they can bring him back, and still have enough to pay guys like Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain down the line as well. It’s going to be a squeeze though, let’s see what Brian Sabean has up his sleeve.

Free agents: Carlos Beltran, Cody Ross, Pat Burrell, Orlando Cabrera, Guillermo Mota, Mark De Rosa

Eligible for arbitration: Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Ramon Ramirez, Sergio Romo and Santiago Casilla, Nate Schierholtz, Andres Torres, Jeff Keppinger, Emmanuel Burriss, Mike Fontenot, Pablo Sandoval, Eli Whiteside.

Non-tender possibilities: Torres, Burriss, Fontenot, Whiteside.

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.


Melky Cabrera Trade: Giants Aren't Talking Long-Term Deal With The Melkman

As all the hullabaloo surrounding the San Francisco Giants trading for Melky Cabrera continues on, San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Hank Schulman brings to us this tidbit of news regarding Cabrera and his contract status with the Giants:

I'm hearing Giants won't talk multiyear deal with Cabrera. Makes sense. Let him fight for a contract in first walk year.
Nov 07 via TweetDeckFavoriteRetweetReply


Even though Melky had a great year last year, it's very smart of the Giants not to dive head first into long-term contracts with players they aren't sure of down the line (Barry Zito or Aaron Rowand anyone?). The Giants are loaded with outfielders, though I'm sure a few of them are likely to be packing their bags along with Sanchez this offseason, so if Melky doesn't produce next year for the Giants, he can always be traded once more (let's not forget, he's been on four teams in six years).

Hopefully last year's success was the start of an uptick for Cabrera, who undoubtedly will be motivated moving to a serious contender. Sky's the limit for him in San Francisco, hopefully he's aiming high.  

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles to get your fix. 


Melky Cabrera Trade: Giants GM Brian Sabean's Reaction

The trade that sent outfielder Melky Cabrera to the San Francisco Giants Monday has sparked a lot of discussion, but just how does the mastermind of the deal feel about it? John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted some quotes from Giants general manager Brian Sabean about his general reaction to the trade and how it affects the ball club. 

Many a Giants fan were not too keen on the idea of letting go of Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter for the club in 2009 and was a big part of their 2010 World Championship team. Nevertheless, Sabean realized the market for Sanchez wasn't going to get much better, and the time was now to make a trade:

 "We were never close to trading Sanchez at any point in time in the past. In this case, it was time to cross the bridge. . . . We did put Sanchez's name out at the end of the season...last week, we decided we had a match."  

Cabrera, who arguably had his career year in 2011, batting .305/.339/.470 with 18 home runs and 20 stolen bases for the Royals, though he is a .275/.331/..398 career hitter in his six years in the majors. Could the Giants have gotten a sweeter deal for Sanchez and Verdugo than Cabrera? Here's what Sabean had to say about the market for Sanchez:

 "Quite frankly, because of his year this year, there wasn't a lot of (trade) action. . . This year didn't help not being able to not come back at the end of the year."        

The Giants have a lot of options for a fifth starter, which is what Sanchez essentially had become, and figured to use him when he value was the highest to get what they really needed, a decent leadoff hitter. Overall I think it's going to work out, just check out this possible lineup next year for San Francisco:

This sound OK?: CF Melky, 2B Sanchez, 3B Pablo, C Posey, LF Beltran, 1B Huff/Belt, RF Schierholtz, SS Crawford.
Nov 07 via webFavoriteRetweetReply


Yes John. Yes it does. 

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Melky Cabrera Trade: Giants Manager Bruce Bochy Reacts

The San Francisco Giants pulled the trigger on their first significant move of the offseason as they dealt starting pitching Jonathan Sanchez and minor leaguer Ryan Verdugo to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for outfielder Melky Cabrera. The Giants were dealing from a position of strength as their starting pitching has been excellent lately.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy discussed the trade and would not quite commit to a 2012 plan for Cabrera at this point. Cabrera has played solely the outfield throughout his career, but Bochy's decision not to specifically declare a position could open the door for another outfield acquisition.

Whether that is Coco Crisp or anybody else, the team has some time to consider additional moves to improve their offense. The Giants finished second to last in runs scored and second overall in runs allowed. It is safe to say, the time had come to deal some of that filthy pitching to improve their perpetually struggling offense. Cabrera had a career year in 2011, but it remains to be seen whether it was a one-hit wonder year, or a breakout campaign for a player who already has six seasons under his belt but is still only 27 years old.

For now, it looks like he will hit somewhere in the first or second position. If he can build on his 2011 season, he could be a significant acquisition for the Giants. Naturally the folks at McCovey Chronicles have plenty of initial knee-jerk reaction on the trade. Head over to join in the fun.


San Francisco Giants Acquire Melky Cabrera, Trade Jonathan Sanchez to Royals

Rumors were just beginning to swirl that the San Francisco Giants were willing to put starting pitcher Jonathan Sanchez on the trade market. Apparently, general manager Brian Sabean had his finger on the trigger already.

According to the Kansas City Royals twitter feed amongst other sources, the San Francisco Giants have officially traded Jonathan Sanchez and minor leaguer Ryan Verdugo to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Coming off a injury plagued season, Sanchez went just 4-7 with 4.26 ERA along with a 66/102 BB to K ratio, and undoubtedly was seen as expendable with the emergence of Ryan Vogelsong to the starting lineup. It's always tough to let a guy go that has a no-hitter and a world series ring with the Franchise, but sometimes a fresh start is best for all.

As for Cabrera, the 27 year old Dominican Republic native,  he will likely be the Giants starting center fielder next year after batting .305/.339/.470 with 18 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 155 games last season for the Royals. He will undoubtedly add a spark to the Giants offense, though his lack of defensive range in the expanses of the AT&T Park outfield may become an issue. But, they needed some more bats, and this was a great start. 

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles

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