I generally don't like to speculate on random trade possibilities (i.e. trades with no rumors attached to them) but I can't help but notice that the Giants appear to be shopping Jonathan Sanchez.
Sanchez flew a bit under the radar due to relatively higher ERA and WHIP numbers. However advanced statistics paint a different picture - FIP of 3.85, 8.94 K/9, .257 BAA, and a somewhat unlucky BABIP of .327.
The Giants are rumored to be looking for a 3B. Cantu from Florida (.346 wOBA in 2008) and Encarnacion from Cincy (.350 wOBA in 08) have been mentioned. I wonder if Teahen (wOBA .311 last year) plus a reasonable prospect would get it done?
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So why is Glass willing to raise payroll while other teams are looking to cut costs everywhere? Partly because he can afford to. With the White Sox retrenching, with the Tigers adrift, and with the Indians’ ownership watching their net worth crater – Cablevision stock is down almost 10% today as I write this – Glass may be thinking that a well-timed cash spend this winter might put the Royals into contention much sooner than anyone thinks.