AT&T PARK — The San Francisco Giants officially became sellers during the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday, when Eduardo Nunez was removed from the game because he had been traded to the Boston Red Sox.
In return for the veteran on the last year of his contract, the Giants received two prospects: Shaun Anderson and Gregory Santos.
Anderson, who throws four pitches and has a “plus fastball” is the more “advanced” of the two, according to general manager Bobby Evans, who liked the righty’s skill set before the draft last season, when he was Boston’s third-round pick, and has continued to be impressed with his output in the minors.
Santos is a 17-year old who has exclusively played in the Dominican Summer League.
“We have to have something that’s compelling if we’re going to make the deal, and i think in this case, the offer we got from Boston was compelling,” Evans said from the home dugout of AT&T Park before Wednesday’s 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Giants GM insisted he hasn’t received a directive to cut salary from the front office and that the organization still believes in its core. The problem is, their core is expansive.
“We have to look at protecting our core but we also have to build on our future and find ways to get more into a winning baseball look in 2018,” Evans said. “… It’s really a buyer’s market right now, which might not be the best time to advance those discussions.”
Evans wouldn’t speculate about who could be heading out of town next.
Johnny Cueto is someone the Giants might have interest in unloading, but his highly variable contract — that includes four player options after this season — and current stint on the disabled list makes it a tricky proposition because teams won’t have a good idea of what they’re getting in any potential trade.
The Giants will continue to look for opportunities to be active in the trade market, but Evans warned that there might not be as much movement as people would’ve hoped because there are a limited number of buyers. He pointed to the period after the season and before spring training as a period when it could be easier for the franchise to really overhaul its roster.
“I believe in our group, not only in the clubhouse, but I believe in our group upstairs that we can put together a plan that’s going to help us get back to where we need to be,” he said.