There’s no doubt that the Giants will make some minor moves to sure up their roster for a postseason run. Tim Kawkammi talked with GM Brian Sabean over the phone on Tuesday. The main takeaway from the chat transcript was that Sabean won’t be making any blockbuster moves. However, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, reported earlier Tuesday that the Giants have shown some interest in the Diamondbacks’ Stephen Drew.
Drew, who was injured for nearly half of the 2011 season, still possess some value at the age of 29. His best season as a pro was in 2008 when he hit .291/.333/.502, with a stellar .836 OPS and 2.7 WAR. He can be very streaky at times, though, and has yet to prove that he’s fully recovered from his nasty injury. Arizona reportedly feels like they can get a lot in exchange for Drew, but a slash of .217/.273/.283, isn’t going to bring back much.
While the Giants level of interest for Drew is unknown, it would be a silly move for both teams. For Arizona, they would be trading Drew within the division, a risky gamble, and for the Giants, they would be receiving an injury prone shortstop whose yet to prove that he can still be the hitter he once was. Additionally, their current shortsrop, Brandon Crawford is starting to round into form quite nicely, escpiceially of late, hitting two home runs on the Giants’ past six game road trip.
Here’s an excerpt from Heyman’s report:
The Upton trade talks may have to wait until the winter. But Arizona does have pieces to sell. Drew has drawn interest from at least the A’s and Giants, though Oakland’s first choice may be Hanley Ramirez.
It’s not surprising that the A’s have shown interest in Drew as well, as they are pretty much “in” on everyone these days. But the Giants? They are most likely just gauging Drew’s value, which currently isn’t much. And if Arizona isn’t willing to lower their asking price for their shortstop, it would be hard to see any team making a deal for him.