Wow, that's cool that the Giants got a pitching prospect from the Yankees for Chris Stewart!
Yeah, it's too bad that Chris Stewart is gone. He did a great job catching Lincecum last year, and as you guys have mentioned, he has a great throwing arm. The thing is, he couldn't hit, and having Hector Sanchez coming off the bench and backing up Posey, will be a boost to lineup on days where Posey has the day off, or Posey is at 1st base and Belt is out of the lineup. Hector Sanchez could be an asset for the Giants.
About the Yankees though, I'm surprised they sent down Cervelli though. I agree that he was supposed to be the heir apparent to Posada. He must've had a bad spring. I guess they will go with Russell Martin and Chris Stewart as their catchers for right now.
LOL. Wow, the Yankee fans on the Yankees message board are freaking out.
I do see where they are coming from though. That is a questionable move by them.
"Based on that, I could see either Belt or Pill getting a mid season trade."
You could see the Giants trading the future first baseman or the only right handed power hitting utility player coming off the bench based on the fact that they traded one of their 3 backup catchers?
"By mid season, there might be a clearer picture of what Belt's value is. I'm not encouraging a trade, I'm just prepared it could happen. It's more likely Pill gets sent off."
Belt is clearly one of the center pieces of the giants future plans. His trade value is extremely low. There is no chance he gets traded. None. Zero. It will not happen. "Dealing Stewart shows Sabean consciously filling holes. If we need to fill the hole of Sanchez (his absence being one of the most cited reasons we lost 2011), and/or another starting pitcher, then Sabean will deal where we have depth. Currently we have too many guys who need to play at 1st." But trading Belt would be creating a hole. They aren't going to trade a ML ready potential 40 hr hitting 1b prospect for middle infield depth. That is beyond ridiculous.