Conflicting reports about Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Jon Heyman reported that he formally requested a trade. He tells Andrew Baggarly, however, that’s not so:
“I haven’t said one thing about anything other than baseball in two weeks,” said Schierholtz, who told the San Francisco Chronicle earlier this month that he would be open to a change of scenery that would give him the opportunity to play every day.
“Nothing has changed at all. My agent knows if anybody is going to say anything (to the Giants), it’s me. I expressed how I felt a couple weeks ago and that was the end of it.”
This could be quibbling about date ranges. And, ultimately, it doesn’t much matter, right? It’s not like Schierholtz has a no-trade clause or that Brian Sabean has to do his bidding. He’s a potentially useful bat for someone and could easily be part of a trade, of course, but it’s not like he’s driving the bus in San Francisco.
Pablo Sandoval could be tabbed to play second base in the near future, per a report from John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Shea, Sandoval has been spotted taking grounders at second during pre-game warm-ups and may be considering switching to the keystone on a part-time basis.
It wouldn’t be the weirdest thing the 31-year-old corner infielder has done this year — that distinction goes to the flawless inning of relief he pitched in a blowout loss against the Dodgers last month. But it would represent a pretty notable departure from his comfort zone even so; Sandoval has primarily manned first and third base throughout his 11-year career in the majors and has also taken a few reps at DH during his resurgence with the Giants in 2018.
Of course, this wouldn’t necessarily be a permanent switch for Sandoval. As Shea points out, the Giants are thin on middle infielders after losing Joe Panik to a torn UCL in his left thumb and backup Alen Hanson to a left hamstring strain. Provided he can get up to speed quickly (no easy feat, according to infield coach Ron Wotus), he’d give the club some added depth behind Kelby Tomlinson and Miguel Gomez until Panik is ready to take the field again. Sandoval has impressed at the plate this spring, batting a healthy .270/.329/.429 with six extra-base hits and a .757 through 70 plate appearances.