Urban: Now that Giants have Beltran, who's left?


Urban: Now that Giants have Beltran, who's left?

July 27, 2011


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Mychael Urban
PHILADELPHIA -- As the Giants and Phillies are going head-to-head on the field this week at Citizens Bank Park, their respective front offices are doing the same thing off the field.Sure, the acquisition of Carlos Beltran likely ends the Giants' trade talks, but with the Sunday deadline looming, now's as good a time as any to take a look at the other players rumored to be potential trade targets and their respective pros and cons.Hunter Pence, OF, Astros: Pence would be a heck of a pickup for now and the future. He runs well, plays solid D (his recent struggles notwithstanding), gets on base, hits for average and power and drives in runs. Because of that, however, he's going to cost quite a bit. Houston is said to be asking for as many as three premium prospects, perhaps as a way to scare anyone off, and that should certainly be enough to scare off the Giants, who are loathe to deal away too much young talent.
Michael Bourn, OF, Astros: His contract situation is similar to that of Pence, though he's making 4.4 million this year to Pence's 6.9 million, and he's also 28, but that's where the similarities end. Bourn is a leadoff hitter, and a fine one at that. It's possible the Giants would look into adding a table setter if they aren't sold on the idea of Andres Torres catching fire down the stretch.B.J. Upton, OF, Rays: Another fairly friendly contract situation makes Upton -- who is earning just under 5 million this year and isn't yet eligible for free agency -- attractive to teams who look as his five-tool skill set and drool. He could serve as a table setter or a middle-of-the-order threat; his 15 homers this year would be tops on the Giants by six. But Upton, 26, is not flashing all five tools this season; he's batting in the low .200s with a poor on-base percentage, and he's been prone to mental lapses. It probably wouldn't take a ton to get him, and he might be worth the risk as a change-of-scenery guy.Michael Cuddyer, OF, Twins: A 32-year-old who'll be a free agent after the season Cuddyer also fits the heart-of-the-order profile, but the Twins are still within striking distance in the soft American League Central, so anyone renting Cuddyer might be asked to pony up more than usual under the circumstances. That said, Cuddyer feels Giants-ish, and he might not be all that difficult to re-sign. Consider Cuddyer the sleeper of the lot.

Carroll: 49ers' QB decision isn't factor in Seahawks' preparation


Carroll: 49ers' QB decision isn't factor in Seahawks' preparation

SANTA CLARA – Quarterback C.J. Beathard is expected to make his fifth consecutive start for the 49ers on Sunday, but Seattle coach Pete Carroll said his team will be prepared to face Jimmy Garoppolo, too.

“It really isn’t a factor,” Carroll said in a conference call with Bay Area reporters on Wednesday. “We’re just preparing for the 49ers. They got a style of offense. They got really good players who do what they do. And whoever’s triggering it from the quarterback spot, we’re going to go play football.

“We’ve seen Jimmy play. We’ve seen how he’s mobile and the kind of athlete and competitor he is. But other than that, we just go play football. We can’t do anything about that.”

Beathard remained on the sideline when the clubs met Sept. 17 in Seattle. The Seahawks have defeated the 49ers seven consecutive times, including a 12-9 victory in Week 2 this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer started the 49ers’ first six games of the season and rushed for just 7 yards during that time. Beathard has 115 yards rushing on 20 attempts in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

“He’s been mobile. He’s got a rushing average, you know,” Carroll said of Beathard. “He’s averaging 5-yards a carry and stuff. They’re incorporating him in the run game some that we have to be concerned about. That’s different than other quarterbacks at times. I’d think Jimmy can do the same stuff.

“He (Beathard) is getting more settled. You can see the offense growing. You can see Kyle able to expand and do more stuff. He’s an incredible offensive coordinator and play-caller that we’ve respected for a long time. I think they’re just grown and they’re getting more proficient at what they’re doing."

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles


A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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