It has been a very fruitful offseason for the San Francisco Giants with the team resigning Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro from last season’s World Series champions. The Giants, though, now have a beast of a team in the National League West with the free-spending Los Angeles Dodgers. This will force the Giants to make some sort of move to improve their offense to compete with the Dodgers.
There is no way that the Giants would make a run at Josh Hamilton, so San Francisco may need to get very creative in how they make their offense more effective. I think the most logical thought would be to make a call to the Cleveland Indians to see about Shin-Soo Choo. The Indians are now in a very competitive American League Central where the team may not be able to get past fourth place in 2013 and could be persuaded to make a trade to go younger.
If the Giants were to add a player like Brandon Belt and another prospect, that could be enough to get Choo out of Cleveland and off to the West Coast. The other option for San Francisco would be to see if Alfonso Soriano would change his mind about being traded from the Chicago Cubs. Soriano would add some right-handed thunder to the lineup that may only need one more player on offense to make a run for another title. The Giants obviously have the pitching to get it done, just like they did this past season, so maybe they don’t make a run at all and avoid all trades, but Choo or Soriano would be a great option.
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