Posted by Mack Ade at 5:00 PM
In Search For An Outfielder – San Francisco Giants
So far, we have identified the following outfielders as possible targets for the Mets:
Atlanta – Reed Johnson
Arizona – A.J. Pollock
Baltimore – Nolan Reimold
Boston – Jerry Sands
Chicago Cubs – Brett Jackson
Chicago White Sox - Dayan Viciedo
Cincinnati – Chris Heisey
Cleveland – Thomas Neal -
Colorado – Dexter Fowler
Detroit – none
Houston – J.D. Martinez
Kansas City – none
Los Angeles Angels – Mark Trumbo
Los Angeles Dodgers – Alex Castellanos
Miami Marlins – Gorkys Hernandez
Milwaukee Brewers – Khris Davis
Minnesota Twins – None
Oakland Athletics – Grant Green
New York Yankees – None
Philadelphia Phillies - none
Pittsburgh – Jose Tabata
Seattle – Casper Wells
San Diego – James Darnell
We now move on to the San Francisco Giants, who have seven (7) outfielders on their 40-man roster.
Let’s approach this a little differently by first eliminating two of them, both ex-Mets, switch hitting Andres Torres and Angel Pagan.
This leaves us:
Grego Blanco – lefty – ARB-1 – MLB – 393-AB, .244
Roger Kieschnick – lefty – pre-ARB - AAA: 234-AB, .295
Francisco Peguero – righty – pre-ARB - AAA: 449-AB, .272
Hunter Pence – righty – 2014-FA - MLB, 617-AB, .253, 24-HR, 104-RBI - RF
Juan Perez – righty - pre-ARB - AA: 483-AB, .341
Pagan just signed a 4-yr, $40mil deal to play CF for the Giants through 2016. That’s done. Pierce will obviously play right field this season and should be a target this time next season in the free agent market.
On paper, Blanco will split time with Torres and Peguero and the world will continue to wait for prospect Gary Brown to arrive. THAT’S the one you want. He hasn’t played above AA, but you could start him off in Vegas and put him on the same plane with Zack Wheeler around the all-star break.
If fact, he could be the Zack Wheeler of outfielders.
The problem is… how do you rip off a team again?
Mets target: Gary Brown – 23-yrs old – 1st round pick in 2010… 2011: A+: .336, 14-HR, 80-RBI… 2012 AA: 538-AB, .279… 33-SB… natural centerfielder…