After the San Francisco Giants’ 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier today, they optioned outfielder Tyler Colvin to Triple-A Fresno. In addition, the Giants are considering whether or not they should release second baseman Dan Uggla, according to reports. This could suggest that the Giants are possibly clearing roster spaces for a potential trade.
Another possibility is that the Giants are making room on their roster for Angel Pagan, Brandon Belt, and Hector Sanchez, who could all be activated sometime on the Giants’ upcoming 10-game road trip.
Colvin played in 57 games with the Giants this season, and he batted just .223 with two home runs and 18 RBI.
The Giants signed Uggla to a minor league deal a week ago and called him up for the beginning of their series against the Los Angeles Dodgers this past Friday. In his time with the Giants, he’s gone 0-for-11 with six strikeouts and three errors.
The Giants originally signed Uggla in order to address their dire need for an everyday second baseman. With Uggla’s ineffectiveness, Marco Scutaro‘s injury, and Brandon Hicks, Ehire Adrianza, and Joe Panik unable to hit consistently, the Giants are still searching for an answer to their second base problem.
They have inquired about several second basemen, or infielders, around the league such as Aaron Hill, Gordon Beckham, Luis Valbuena, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Martin Prado. Out of that group, Prado would probably be the best fit, given his versatility. The Arizona Diamondbacks might not be willing to give him up to a division rival though.
The Giants are also reportedly interested in Ben Zobrist. He would also be a great fit for the Giants, just like Prado. However, the Tampa Bay Rays might be less willing to trade him now that they’ve made a strong push in the standings.
We’ll see if the Giants are able to pull off another trade before the trade deadline tomorrow.