Giants add to their stable of DHs

August, 13, 2010
8/13/10
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Looks like Brian Sabean is adding to his collection of veteran DHs (which would be less odd if they used DHs in the league the Giants play in). Enrique Rojas:
The Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants worked early Friday to complete a trade that would send outfielder Jose Guillen to the Bay Area team, a source close to the deal said.

Upon completion of the trade, Guillen was expected to fly from Miami to San Francisco in time to debut in the series that begins Friday between the Giants and San Diego Padres. The Giants began the weekend 2 games behind the Padres, who lead the NL West.

Guillen was designated for assignment last Thursday by the Royals. The club had until Saturday to trade, release or reinstate the most expensive player on its roster.

Guillen was hitting .266 with 16 homers and 52 RBIs as a designated hitter this season. With San Francisco, he would play right field.

I don't get it.

Jose Guillen -- and I hope you're sitting down for this shocking news -- isn't real good. Since joining the Royals in 2008, he's got a .256/.308/.420 line. Yeah, maybe moving to the National League will help. It sure helped Pat Burrell. But I'm not sure how many times you can go to that well. And I grieve for the Giants' pitchers, who will now have two DH types stumbling around in the outfield almost every time out.

This move does make the Giants a little more potent against left-handed pitching. But I don't think it makes them much better against right-handed pitching, and if Guillen's not playing regularly this might make them worse in the clubhouse.

We'll see how it goes. The Giants are within hailing distance of the first-place Padres and they actually have a one-game lead in the wild-card standings. This move does matter.

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