The San Francisco Giants added yet another offensive piece via trade this week, acquiring second baseman Freddy Sanchez from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor leaguer Tim Alderson. On Monday, the Giants also acquired Ryan Garko from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league pitcher Scott Barnes and a player to be named later.
The Giants are in contention for the NL Wild Card this season, but they’re in desperate need of offensive help. That’s where Sanchez comes in, who is hitting .296 this season in 382 at-bats. He provides an immediate upgrade over the slew of second basemen San Fran have used this year, which include Emmanuel Burriss, Matt Downs and Kevin Frandsen.
The Pirates did quite well in this trade also, acquiring a minor league arm in Alderson that projects to be a No. 2 or No. 3 starter. His fastball doesn’t have the zip of a top pitching prospect, but his command and control are outstanding and should develop as a top-of-the-rotation pitcher.
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Posted: 7/29/09 11:00PM ET