According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the San Francisco Giants are in the running to pick up one of the most intriguing players on the trade market, who will help the team make a deep run in the postseason. The San Francisco Giants are currently one game behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West standings.
The San Francisco Giants are interested in making a trade that would send Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez to the Bay area. At this moment, there are multiple teams trying to acquire the 29-year-old All-Star, including the Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, and the Houston Astros.
If the Giants get Carlos Gomez or David Price just hand us another ring lol— YBC_Willy (@PrettyBoyWilly) July 27, 2015
All four of these teams rank near the bottom in the majors in OPS from the center-field position, Indians are 23rd, Giants rank 24th, Astros are 25th, and the Rangers are ranked 28th.
The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros, yes the Astros, are pursuing all star CF Carlos Gomez— MLB Trade Deadline (@MLBDeadlineNews) July 27, 2015
While the Houston Astros are more focused on obtaining bullpen help, they will need better activity in the center-field position, which Gomez can provide and then some. And the San Francisco Giants may not be willing to give up some of their top prospects (Kyle Crick, Tyler Beede, or Keury Mella) for an outfielder when Hunter Pence recently returned from injury and Nori Aoki is due back in the majors soon.
Nevertheless, the San Francisco Giants may be willing to flip shortstop prospect Christian Arroyo, since their middle infield is excellent after the development of Joe Panik at second and Brandon Crawford at shortstop.
The San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros appear to be the frontrunners in the race for Gomez, with the Indians and Rangers sitting on the outside looking in. The Indians and Rangers are on the outside because they have no need for a player who they cannot have long-term to help rebuild the franchise.
Also, Gomez is under team control next season, so if things do not work out this season, you have one more opportunity. Gomez comes with agent Scott Boras, meaning the chances of the San Francisco Giants signing him to a long-term extension after 2016 are slim.
While Carlos Gomez is having an offseason with the Brewers he is still slashing .266/.334/.431 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. These numbers come off a three-year stretch where Carlos was a two-time All-Star with a .277/.336/.483 batting line and an average of 22 home runs, 62 RBI, and 82 runs scored while leading off for the Brewers.
Do you think the San Francisco Giants will make a transaction in order to acquire Carlos Gomez? If not, what other moves do you see the Giants making before the trade deadline on July 31?
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