Now, I know it sounds crazy, but I do think that this is a trade that the Giants COULD pull off, and would be worth while for the organization going forward. When the Giants won their second World Series in three years, a lot of sports writers started talking about how the Giants could be the next dynasty team. They are not only coming off a year where they won the series, they are also returning next year with the same key players as last year, and have quite a few players that are either getting better (Belt, Crawford, Sanchez), but they also have quite a few players that are poised to have big comeback years (Lincecum, Sandoval, Pence). The one thing that the Giants could do to solidify this is add Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton is an unbelievable talent. He has showed early in his career that he has monster power, and could easily be the next guy to hit 50 homeruns in a season. This is the kind of player that could easily have big power numbers at ATNT park, and maintain a good batting average in the process. Here are a few reasons why this trade would be perfect for the Giants
1. He fills a huge hole for the Giants who are currently in need of a good corner outfielder, and a right handed power bat
2. With the difficult wall in right field, it would benefit the Giants to have a consistent right fielder for years to come. Stanton could be that guy because he is under team control until 2017.
3. He is still cheap and would not increase payroll much
4. Having Stanton would allow for the Giants to let Hunter Pence go after 2013, which would save the Giants money going forward.
Now, we all know that Stanton would be incredibly tough to get through trade, but I think the Giants have the pieces to pull it off. This package includes Brandon Belt, Gary Brown, and then include one or two of the young pitchers that the Giants have (Crick, Stratton, Blackburn, Mejia, Escobar).
Gary Brown is relatively expendable after the Angel Pagan signing. With neither Brown nor Pagan having the kind of bat that really suits a corner outfield spot, it may be time to let Brown go to try and get something for him in the process. It would serve the Giants well to let go one or two young pitchers and open up a few spots in the SJ rotation and bullpen. Now, many people wouldn't like the Belt part of the trade. Whether or not you like him or think that he can improve, he is the starting first baseman, and the Giants don't really have any replacement options right now.
My idea to replace Belt is another trade. With the Nationals signing Adam Laroche, it has been reported that the Washington Nationals may be interested in adding a left handed reliever in a trade for Michael Morse. My second trade would be an Affeldt for Morse trade. The Giants already have two other lefties in the bullpen, and have many arms in the minors on their way to the bullpen. Morse could act as a filler while the Giants groom Angel Villalona and Ricky Oropesa. These trades would further solidify the Giants place in history as a dynasty franchise.