Perhaps the biggest offseason priority for the San Francisco Giants (besides finding out a way to rid themselves of Barry Zito’s awful pitching and huge contract) was to improve their lineup. Their pitching has always been stellar, but they have about two guys in the lineup that can hit a curve ball and one was hurt.
So, the Giants seem to have done just that. They sent Jonathan Sanchez and Ryan Verdugo to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Melky Cabrera.
Sure, Melky isn’t going to be a great defensive player in that huge outfield, but he hit .305 last year with 18 home runs and the Giants could sure as hell use that. He also stole 20 bases last season, so that should help too.
Sanchez was phenomenal in 2010 when the Giants won the World Series with a 3.07 ERA that year. He dropped to 4.26 with a 4-7 record this past year, but should still be a boost to that Royals staff.