Teams coveting Giants' pitching talent
Clubs' wish lists at Winter Meetings focus on young arms
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Everybody wants pitchers. Young arms. That's the word echoing around the Winter Meetings, and Giants general manager Brian Sabean's head is throbbing from lack of sleep and the relentlessness of talks with opposing clubs and who they want."Short night, long day," said Sabean on Tuesday evening, with more discussions scheduled. There are ongoing discussions with teams in the Giants' quest to reshape their ballclub, resurrect it back into contention in the National League West and beyond, yet Sabean said it's the same story -- San Francisco's young pitchers all have bull's-eyes on their jerseys. You know the names: Matt Cain, Noah Lowry, Jonathan Sanchez, Billy Sadler, Pat Misch, Brian Wilson, Jack Taschner, et al. The Giants have those great arms, other teams don't -- at least not in quantity and quality. To be sure, Sabean is being mighty cautious about his kids. "All the young pitchers," said Sabean of team's wish lists. "It's been pretty resounding. Given the level of interest throughout the industry, it would have to be a helluva deal for us to move people, and it would have to be a present and future value to the organization. "There's too much continuous talk about the same people. Almost anybody we run into. There are things we could do, but the match isn't there yet." The GM stressed there's a priority list, a pecking order, to fill certain roles. "Deals that are attractive and unattractive," he said. "Obviously deals we haven't pulled the trigger on are unattractive or hung up on the names." Sabean noted young pitchers, rather than experienced ones, are the hot commodity now. The good news is that the lengthy day proved productive in talks with agents and clubs, with Sabean saying there were "groundbreaking" discussions conducted, although he wouldn't indicate which players were involved. San Francisco, however, is expected to officially land catcher Bengie Molina in the next few days, and it's possible Toronto batterymate Ted Lilly -- he was a 15-game winner last season -- could join him.
Rich Draper is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.