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Increasingly displeased by their product on the field, Giants officials have become more aggressive on the trade front and recently asked the Los Angeles Angels about first baseman Casey Kotchman and catcher Jeff Mathis, according to sources. It's possible that the two clubs discussed sending Bengie Molina back to Anaheim; Angels officials are said to miss the former Gold Glove catcher's leadership and game-calling skills. But the two sides were not close to a deal, since the Angels need to boost their injured rotation. -- Contra Costa Times




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Sabean must be smoking something to think he could get Kotchman and/or Mathis for Molina? I have a feeling that was a short phone call between the two GM's.

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You are right....I found the full article...

Contra Costa Times
Article Launched: 03/20/2008 09:36:02 PM PDT


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Increasingly displeased by their product on the field, Giants officials have become more aggressive on the trade front and recently asked the Los Angeles Angels about first baseman Casey Kotchman and catcher Jeff Mathis, according to sources.
It's possible that the two clubs discussed sending Bengie Molina back to Anaheim; Angels officials are said to miss the former Gold Glove catcher's leadership and game-calling skills.

But the two sides were not close to a deal, since the Angels need to boost their injured rotation. The Giants are not in a position to trade pitching because of their own injury woes.

"No match," Angels general manager Tony Reagins said. "Not now."

The Giants are looking for ways to improve a roster that has failed to meet limited expectations while slogging through the Cactus League schedule. They managed four hits -- all singles -- in an 8-1 loss to the Angels at Tempe on Thursday. At 6-17-2, they have the worst exhibition record in the major leagues.

Their .253 batting average is the lowest in the Cactus League and their 7.11 ERA is the worst in the majors. They haven't been so hot catching the ball, either. Lacking Omar Vizquel's stabilizing play at shortstop, their infield continues to look a fright. Third baseman Eugenio Velez committed an error on a routine grounder hit right to him when he inexplicably sidestepped it and tried to field on a backhand.

"We need to turn it up here," Giants manager Bruce

Bochy said. "We're not even playing decent ball. We've talked about it. We've addressed it numerous times. ... You see it. The guys are taking a ton of ground balls every day.
"We've got to keep working here. Believe me, we're aware we're not winning games. We'd like to win some in the next week here. But the last thing we need to do is start hanging heads."

Catcher needed?

The Giants are looking for catching help because their two candidates, Eliezer Alfonzo and Guillermo Rodriguez, have played their way off the roster.

Alfonzo, who was the most valuable player of the prestigious Venezuelan Winter League, is having the roughest spring of all. He is 3-for-40 (.075) with no walks and seven strikeouts.

Just as significantly, neither catcher has excelled behind the plate. Each allowed a passed ball Thursday.

It's another reason the Giants could decide to acquire Brandon Inge, since the Tigers' third baseman has experience at catcher.

"To be honest, yeah, we need somebody to step up and take that job," said Bochy, who challenged each catcher in one-on-one meetings. "I don't see anybody doing it."

Lowry taking it slow

Left-hander Noah Lowry is throwing a baseball again. Two weeks after surgery to correct a condition in his forearm, Lowry played catch from 50 feet for about five minutes. The session appeared to go as planned.

Because no standard rehab schedule exists for a pitcher rehabbing from Lowry's procedure, the Giants plan to reevaluate him each day before moving to the next step. Lowry could return as soon as late April.

Durham, Aurilia dinged

Second baseman Ray Durham was a late scratch with a sore hamstring and is day-to-day. Infielder Rich Aurilia started at designated hitter and hasn't thrown in a few days because of elbow tendinitis. Bochy said Aurilia might play the field today.

-- Andrew Baggarly, MediaNews staff


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Second baseman Ray Durham was a late scratch with a sore hamstring and is day-to-day.



I wonder if the Giants beat writers have a macro for that.

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Question: Why would the Giants refuse to trade pitching because of short-term injury concerns? I mean beyond the obvious answer of overwhelming stupidity. Who gives a crap if they have to let Misch of Periera start a dozen games if it nets the team a solid young player, this season is so lost that it shouldn't even be a consideration. The theme of this exhibition season seems to be overreacting to minor or temporary inconveniences while ignoring overwhelming long-term problems.
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Question: Why would the Giants refuse to trade pitching because of short-term injury concerns? I mean beyond the obvious answer of overwhelming stupidity. Who gives a crap if they have to let Misch or Periera start a dozen games if it nets the team a solid young player, this season is so lost that it shouldn't even be a consideration. The theme of this exhibition season seems to be overreacting to minor or temporary inconveniences while ignoring overwhelming long-term problems.



Exactly! Why not throw Dirty Sanchez in the deal and maybe ask for Kotchman, Mathis and a lower lever prospect like Sweeney?

Misch and Peiriera could hold down the bottom of the rotation just as easy as Zito can, LOL! Plus Lowry is already started to throw. He might be back sooner than later.

Sabean really needs to make some things happen.

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quote:

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Question: Why would the Giants refuse to trade pitching because of short-term injury concerns? I mean beyond the obvious answer of overwhelming stupidity. Who gives a crap if they have to let Misch of Periera start a dozen games if it nets the team a solid young player, this season is so lost that it shouldn't even be a consideration. The theme of this exhibition season seems to be overreacting to minor or temporary inconveniences while ignoring overwhelming long-term problems.



well i agree but i wouldnt trade a sanchez which the angels would want. even tough sanchez gave up some hits yesterday his new mechanics has improved his control greatly. now a guy like correia i would give up without a second thought
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