As Giants roster continues to churn, front office closes in on pivotal summer

SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants parted ways with veteran catcher Erik Kratz Monday, announcing that they have designated the 38-year-old catcher for assignment.

Kratz was the latest veteran to be sent packing, joining Gerardo Parra and Yangervis Solarte, who both signed as minor league free agents this offseason. The club needed to clear a roster spot for recently acquired outfielder Aaron Altherr, and with Buster Posey potentially available to return from the concussion injured list on Wednesday, the Giants no longer had a need for Kratz.

The decision to cut ties with Kratz was the latest roster move for president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who has had a busy week and figures to have an even busier summer. The Giants have several players who have built up their trade value, a handful of inexperienced players worth evaluating over an extended period of time and big-picture questions looming over the franchise.

We addressed many of those concerns in part one of our Monday mailbag, but we wanted to make sure that every question was answered. Here’s part two.

With the way he’s hitting, how would you assess Pablo Sandoval’s trade value? (From Alan, Reno, NV)

Kerry Crowley: In the middle of spring training, it was difficult to imagine Sandoval earning a roster spot and sticking with the Giants for the duration of the season. He simply didn’t provide enough positional versatility and wasn’t expected to contribute in such a meaningful way.

Haven’t we learned our lesson? Never bet against Pablo Sandoval. All he’s done is provide the Giants with an impressive example of a player who accepts and thrives in whatever role is assigned to him and because of that, it now looks like Sandoval will have a tough time staying with the Giants all season. He has trade value, particularly for American League teams …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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