After whiffing on both Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton, the San Francisco Giants are reportedly still looking for help in the outfield. The Milwaukee Brewers happen to have too many outfielders.
The match is logical, and as a result, some of the earliest rumors coming out of this year's winter meetings are mentioning the possibilities between the two teams. Ken Rosenthal reported on Friday afternoon that the Giants were interested in Domingo Santana. This morning, Tom Haudricourt reiterated the interest in Santana and says there's another possibility for the San Francisco -- center fielder Keon Broxton.
Teams usually deal from positions of depth and #Brewers have great OF depth. That could be best means to acquire needed starting pitcher. Giants reportedly have interest in Domingo Santana and Keon Broxton.— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 10, 2017
Would take a lot to pry Santana away from #Brewers. He's only 25, has four more years of control and is coming off big season -- 30 HRs, 85 RBI, .875 OPS. But Broxton could be replaced by Lewis Brinson or Brett Phillips.— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 10, 2017
While Broxton isn't comparable to Santana offensively, his defense could prove to be extremely valuable in the large outfields of the NL West and he's likely more attainable.
Given the state of the Giants' farm system -- generally regarded as in the bottom 10 of the league, without a Top 100 prospect -- it's hard to imagine them having the pieces the Brewers would need to part with Santana, given his four remaining years of team control and the fact that he's coming off of a 30-home run season.
Broxton might make more sense for a team in the Giants' position in that regard. While he's coming off a 20/20 year, he's not without his warts, and his imperfect profile means even the Giants' modest trade chips may be enough to strike a deal. If San Francisco were to offer an interesting arm or two or a major league relief option, that might be enough to build a deal around. Moving Broxton would allow the Brewers to shore up another part of the team while clearing the way for Lewis Brinson and/or Brett Phillips to take over on a more full-time basis in center.