Giants Looking for Replacement for Cabrera

by Matthew on August 16, 2012

According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the San Francisco Giants are actively searching for outfielders to replace recently suspended Melky Cabrera, who on Wednesday was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy.

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Three replacements that immediately come to mind are the Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano, the New York Mets’ Scott Hairston, and the Philadelphia Phillies’ Juan Pierre, all whose names surfaced in trade discussions before the July 31 non-waiver deadline

Soriano is the front-runner in that three-horse race, and has been linked to San Francisco in the past, despite rumors that he has told the Cubs that he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to San Francisco.

Meanwhile, Hairston is owed just over $300,000 for the rest of the season, Pierre just over $200,000 – relatively small sums for a major-league team to absorb, if necessary. Especially the cash-happy Giants.

But it’s not likely the Mets or the Phillies would want to dump such veterans and receive nothing in return.

So, with few quality outfielders on the market this late in the season to replace Cabrera’s All-Star production, the Giants may have to look to the other side of the outfield, at another All-Star- Hunter Pence.

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