The San Francisco Giants are officially looking to make moves now that the MLB trade deadline is all but here. The team is even reportedly listening to offers for high-profile veterans such as Tim Lincecum, Hunter Pence, and Javier Lopez.
It’s been well known that the Giants are too attached to their veterans, but it sounds like that may be coming to an end. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports the Giants are open to trading one or more of the names if the price is right:
So Sabean, according to major-league sources, now will do something that he has done very rarely since becoming the team’s GM since 1997 — entertain trade offers for veteran players at the non-waiver deadline.
Ideally, the Giants would like to keep three of their potential free agents — right fielder Hunter Pence, right-hander Tim Lincecum and left-handed reliever Javier Lopez. But at this point, club officials feel they must listen to any reasonable proposal, sources say.
That’s quite a change of heart for an organization that has so been so adamant in not giving up veterans the fans love.
But really, did we expect anything different? At some point the club was going to come to its senses and do what’s best for the future of the team, not just what puts butts in the seats.
Watch for other contenders to come calling. All three of the names have plenty to offer, but teams should expect to hear a high price.
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