The San Francisco Giants currently own the best record in the National League yet shockingly have a multitude of holes that need filling. One such need is in the starting rotation and it’s expected the Giants will fill that void before the upcoming deadline.
But what about second base? A position that has proven to be a black hole this season, the San Francisco Giants have been looking to upgrade since the start of the year. They’ve called up Joe Panik early to see if he could fill the void, this after watching Brandon Hicks play so poorly he was DFA’d. The team even went as far as to sign Dan Uggla to a minor league contract, the same Uggla who hasn’t been an impact player for five years or so.
Needless to say they’re rather desperate and according to Jayson Stark of ESPN, they’ve allegedly considered the idea of moving shortstop Brandon Crawford to second base and trading for Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Rollins, on the other hand, has been dangled selectively to clubs that might need a shortstop. And one team that hasn’t totally ruled it out is the Giants. But two sources termed that deal a “long shot” and “complicated,” because it would involve the Giants moving Brandon Crawford to second base and Rollins waiving his trade-veto rights.
Given so many factors it seems rather unlikely that a trade between the two sides would go down (not to mention Crawford is a far better defender than Rollins at shortstop). But it may be an indication of just how badly the San Francisco Giants are looking to find a second baseman.