The San Francisco Giants have some work to do after the All Star break.
The team currently stands in fourth place of the NL West division. Outfielder Hunter Pence said the two-time World Champions are ready to swing their way back to the top.
The decision to trade Wright instead hints that Tampa Bay may have been considering his outright release — the return from San Francisco works out to little more than a salary dump. Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano has not hesitated to send packing players who do not fit his plan, on and off the field. Wright may have wound up in the doghouse one too many times. (Update: Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Wright was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence July 12 in Los Angeles.)
Three players of the puzzle are set. Stephen Curry at point guard,David Lee at power forward, and Andrew Bogut at center are obvious starters. The final two starters are still in question.
With the acquisition of star free agent Andre Iguodala, the Warriorshave three starter-quality players available on the wing. Along with Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, the team has the luxury of having one of these three players come off the bench. The apparent question remains: Which of the three players will sit?
Now Gaudin is definitely staying, Vogelsong is a few weeks away from returning … and when he does, Zito might be the guy left without a chair.
But that’s a scenario the Giants won’t face until the second week of August, or thereabouts. And that’s way further down the rabbit hole than Bruce Bochy wants his players to tumble.