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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Jose Reyes to Giants? Don't Count on It.

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 1:20 PM

click to enlarge The man everybody wants...
  • The man everybody wants...

It's no wonder rumors are burning that the Giants are conniving to obtain scintillating Mets shortstop Jose Reyes. San Francisco's offense is providing writers with a rare opportunity to use the word "flaccid" in a nonsexual context. Meanwhile, erstwhile Giants shortstop Miguel Tejada is batting .200 and showing the range of a man whose balls weigh 20 pounds apiece.

There are very few teams Reyes couldn't improve (though, it warrants mentioning, that even his gaudy numbers and deft fielding aren't much help to the hapless Mets). That being said, the asking price for a highly probable rent-a-player would be steep. The Mets, in all likelihood, do not want Barry Zito any more than they'd like three magic beans. What's more, the Giants do not have a rich history of in-season trades -- especially for marquee players.

Going back a decade in the team's transactional history unearths players whose names conjure up the odor of stale beer and peanuts -- as the only time you'd think of them would be when someone utters "Remember ol' Whatshisname?" while perched on a barstool. To wit:

  • In 2009, the team picked up Freddy Sanchez (important) and Ryan Garko (remember ol' whatshisname?) in July. The Mets, however, would want a lot more than what the Giants gave up for those men: Tim Alderson and Scott Barnes. 

  • In 2007, San Francisco obtained Rajai Davis and Stephen MacFarland.

  • Juan Melo and Carlos Hines were the star pickups of 2006.

  • Remember LaTroy Hawkins? The Giants do. Sort of. They traded for him in 2005.

Anyhow, you get the point. Plumbing the years, you come up with names like Dave Burba or Ricky Ledee (Peanuts! Beer!). Going back a bit further, you hit Sidney Ponson (Beer vomit!). Heading deeply into nostalgia territory, San Francisco did pick up Kenny Lofton in mid-'02; Jason Schmidt in '01;  Joe Carter and Ellis Burks in '98, and Wilson Alvarez, Danny Darwin, and Roberto Hernandez in '97. But, long story short, the team doesn't make many blockbuster midseason trades.

Get used to watching Jose Reyes from afar.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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