The reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants could just be hours away from blowing up their team as they sit in last place of the National League West.
“We are not in ‘let’s make a deal’ mode just to make deals,” Giants assistant GM Bobby Evans said. “That is not who we are and how we are constructed.”
Lincecum and Pence are in their walk years. But the Giants are interested in retaining both, and their current intention is to offer them the roughly $13.8 million tender, which at worst would assure a draft pick between the first and second rounds if either signed elsewhere. And as Evans said, “You have to be realistic that if you trade a guy, you are not going to be able to re-sign him. That is what history shows.”
As assistant general manager Bobby Evans hints, the Giants aren’t in a fire sale mode as they have every intention of trying to win next season so letting go of players like Pence or Lincecum is unlikely. However, trading Lopez, who is a free agent at season end and 36-years-old seems like a smart baseball decision despite his close ties to the fan base.