With Cano, Diaz Heading to Mets, Giants Need to Acquire Mitch Haniger

[CSNBY] Giants should trade for Mitch Haniger after Mariners-Mets blockbuster
Jessica Kleinschmidt

Well, it's happening: Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz are now members of the Mets. They're leaving Seattle and that means a lot.

The Mariners weren't supposed to trade Diaz unless they were "super overwhelmed to consider a deal for him" and at the time, Mitch Haniger.

This "overwhelming deal" turned out to be the M's acquiring Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak and three minor leaguers.

With that said, it's possible the Mariners are going to continue to do Mariner-like things at the hands of Jerry Dipoto. And we haven't even arrived at Winter Meetings yet.

Still, this doesn't mean bad news, especially for Bay Area baseball fans.  As bizarre as some of the trades the Mariners GM makes are, the Giants could use that to their advantage. That means an outfield that possesses Haniger.

Hometown boy

For starters, the outfielder is a Bay Area-native which means he wouldn't mind revisiting his old stomping grounds. He was born in Mountain View, attended Mitty High School in San Jose and went to Cal Poly. 

Sure -- those are just the feel-good storylines that you put to a "homecoming" theme song during a video montage, but there's more. 

The Giants really  need him

Another important reason would be the fact that well, the Giant are starving for outfielders like Dipoto is starving to make weird trades. So why not take advantage of it?

At the moment, the depth chart for the Giants looks as follows:

A bit young, right? 

Yes, we know the "rebuilding" phrase is going to be used over and over again. But that doesn't mean someone with years under his belt roaming the outfield and being one of the most underrated players in the league shouldn't be considered. If anything, he's needed. 

[RELATED: Giants rebuild could be full year away]

No stranger to NL West

OK, before you get all in my mentions about how he performs at AT&T Park -- we don't really know. It's a ridiculously small sample size: Seven at-bats and nine plate appearances in two games. In those few outings, however, he did slash .286/.444/.286. 

But …

He played in 34 games with the D-backs in 2016. And while it's still a relatively small sample size, it's not like this will be a complete culture shock for him. He's had enough time in the NL West to hopefully feel comfortable. 

The FA outfield market … or lack thereof

Alex Pavlovic reminded us that the market for outfielders isn't filled to the brim with moments to gather them up like a bushels of apples. So, in order to get the type of talent the team needs, it's important to acquire the Haniger-types in deals like this. 

And with the Hot Stove at a mere simmer, sometimes you have to light that baby yourself. 

Would Dipoto be "overwhelmed" with a want for Joey Bart, Heliot Ramos or Shaun Anderson? Perhaps, but you never really know with Dipoto. So, the top three prospects in the Giants organization, according to MLB Pipeline, could be a tempting ROI.

Ramos has the highest ceiling of any Giants prospect since Buster Posey -- so it goes without saying he's good. Can the outfielder take the place of Haniger? Well yes, but not now. He still has a few years to be spent in the developmental league, but it's certainly something to think about.

The Mariners outfield will be just fine

Yes, the Mariners outfield situation would take a hit, but they've got plenty of talent covering space at Safeco.

Ben Gamel can come through in the clutch when he's needed. The team has a hidden gem in Kristopher Negron, Mallex Smith is fast and dominates defensively when he's playing right field.  And remember -- the team is getting Jay Bruce. 

So, perhaps -- see you soon, Mitch Haniger? 

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