GM Brian Sabean said Tuesday that even if Tim Lincecum proves unwilling to a long-term deal this winter, the Giants won’t weigh trading the two-time Cy Young Award winner.
Lincecum has long figured he could make more money going short-term with the Giants than he could with a longer deal, though he did sign a two-year deal that paid him $21 million for his first two years or arbitration. A former super-two player, he still has two years of arbitration left before becoming a free agent after the 2013 season.
While Lincecum is unavailable, the Giants are reportedly open to trading some of their arbitration players. According to Danny Knobler of CBS Sports, they’re shopping second baseman Jeff Keppinger, reliever Ramon Ramirez and outfielder Andres Torres. Keppinger and Torres are both candidates to be non-tendered if not dealt. Ramirez has legitimate trade value and would be a nice fit for another team in a big ballpark (San Diego? Minnesota?).
The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.
Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.
On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.
Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.
Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: