Having failed to re-sign Pablo Sandoval and missed out on signing Chase Headley as his replacement, the Giants are in the market for a new third baseman.
Chris Haft of MLB.com writes that a trade is looking more and more likely because even secondary options like Jed Lowrie are no longer available on the free agent market.
Asdrubal Cabrera might be the best bet among remaining free agents, but according to Haft some trade candidates include Lonnie Chisenhall of the Indians, Casey McGehee of the Marlins, and Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox.
Sandoval left the Giants to sign a five-year, $90 million deal with the Red Sox and Headley re-signed with the Yankees for $52 million over four years.
Per The Athletic’s Lindsey Adler, Yankees manager Aaron Boone said outfielder Giancarlo Stanton may be activated from the injured list on Wednesday. Stanton will “certainly” be activated on Thursday.
Stanton, 29, has appeared in all of nine games this season due to knee and calf injuries. The calf injury struck first during the opening week of the season. He wouldn’t return until June 18, then played in a whopping six games before a strained PCL in his right knee sent him back on the IL. But if there was ever a time for Stanton to make his triumphant return, it’s right before what the Yankees hope is a deep postseason run.
In the nine games Stanton has appeared in this season, spanning 38 trips to the plate, he has hit .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored.