Giancarlo Stanton is the kind of player a GM or fan salivates over. The 450 foot home runs and laser cannon arm provides endless entertainment and significant value.
To obtain such a player would give any club a big boost, but, for the Giants, would it be worth it? If you look at the Giants’ past season, they were home run deficient, a hole in their offensive spectrum that could be plugged by trading for Stanton. But, is that a good idea? Do the Giants need more home runs? In short, no. Although they were dead last in home runs hit, the Giants had an above average offense, scoring more than 700 runs.
AT&T Park could be blamed for this lack of home runs, but it could also be the key to future Giants success. While teams such as the Brewers with Aramis Ramirez and Ryan Braun or the Reds with Joey Votto and Jay Bruce build themselves around power in the National League, the Giants do not have said luxury. Instead they play more than half of their games in AT&T Park, Dodgers Stadium, and Petco Park, three of the most power deficient ballparks in the majors. I argue, to become a truly efficient offense, they must play to this situation.
In 2012, the Giants traded for Angel Pagan, a seemingly typical speedy leadoff hitter who would do well in any park. But as a Giant, Pagan utilized the deep allies of AT&T Park to amass 38 doubles and a league-leading 15 triples, both massively important to the overall success of the Giants offense
In 2012, five other players hit 25 or more doubles, again, contributing a significant portion of the Giants’ offense. One of these players, Brandon Belt, who plays a traditionally power heavy position, could still find significant value (124 OPS+ and 2.7 bWAR), with only 7 home runs.
In summation, when Loria and Co. entertain offers for Stanton, one of the best power hitters in the league, the Giants should pass. Why drain your farm system for a player who is incompatible with the rest of the team? The Giants built an efficient, effective offense using doubles and walks, and obtaining a big power hitter wouldn’t be a prudent use of money or the correct way to improve it.