Giants manager Bruce Bochy was asked last week about the team possibly making a move before the trade deadline and said: “I can’t say I expect something … I like this group. I don’t think there’s something close right now.”
He struck a different tone Wednesday morning, saying the Giants’ front office is being “aggressive” in exploring possible deals and could still make a big-name move in the two days before Friday’s trade deadline.
“They’re talking to all the clubs, they are right now as we’re speaking,” Bochy said prior to the Giants’ game against the Milwaukee Brewers. “It’s just a matter of what makes sense and what can work out. But I do know it’s not a case of, ‘This is the group we’re going with.’ If there’s something out there that makes sense for this club and is going to make it better, they’ll do it.”
The Giants have been said to be looking for depth, not to add a major position player or a front-line starter like Cole Hamels or David Price. Bochy, though, said that he “wouldn’t rule out” the possibility of a splashy move.
“I think really if there was something that made sense and was a major deal, it would get done,” Bochy said. “So I wouldn’t rule that out. I think it is going to pick up here in the next day. I think all the clubs are ramping up their negotiations, so to speak, on how they can get a player or how they can move a player. Time’s running out, so I think you’ll see a flurry of trades here.”
The Dodgers made one Wednesday morning, acquiring starting pitcher Mat Latos and former Giant Michael Morse from the Miami Marlins. Bochy said he didn’t have much reaction to the deal, but said of the Dodgers: “I don’t think they’re done. Like I said, I think there’s going to be a lot more moves.”
Bochy opted to rest several regulars for the series finale against the Brewers. Joe Panik is out for a second consecutive game with lower back tightness, but Bochy said he expects Panik should be available when the Giants open a series Friday at Texas.
“He’s all right,” Bochy said of Panik. “If he had to, he could play (today), but just needs another day. I think he’ll be good to go the first game in Texas.”
Buster Posey and Angel Pagan are also not in the lineup Wednesday, with Bochy saying both are getting a regular day off. The Rangers series kicks off a 10-games-in-10-days road trip to Texas, Atlanta and Chicago, and Bochy said he’ll be monitoring his regulars for needed rest.
Posey will DH at least one game in Texas, and Ehire Adrianza should get some playing time rotating around as the backup infielder. Adrianza, who’s starting Wednesday in the place of Panik, brings strong defense but has struggled to hit in a backup role for the Giants, batting .105 (2 for 19) on the season. Bochy pointed out that role is “not easy, especially for a younger player.”
“He’s getting another start today, he’ll get some on this road trip, that should help him see if he can get his timing,” Bochy said. “I think defensively he’s going to be fine. But it’ll be a little challenge trying to stay sharp with the bat.”
It figures Adrianza will have to learn on the fly: He’s the Giants’ only backup infielder and Bochy said right now the Giants plan to stick with 13 pitchers. Hunter Strickland is the only reliever with options and has been one of their most reliable set-up men.
The Giants’ lineup for Wednesday’s game against Brewers right-hander Mike Fiers:
And the Brewers’ lineup against Jake Peavy: