Taschner thinks trade is possible
Giants left-hander feels good physically, but results haven't come
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- This time, Jack Taschner believes the trade rumors involving him.Taschner said Sunday that he doubted speculation that arose before the Trade Deadline last July 31. But he senses that he's being actively shopped due to a variety of factors, including the Giants' apparent intent to open the season with only six relievers, their need for a long reliever and his erratic performance this spring (6.23 ERA, 12 walks in 8 2/3 innings).
"I'm inconsistent in this uniform," said Taschner, who owns a 5.01 ERA in 178 outings to go with 124 strikeouts in 140 innings as a Giant. "Do I think that's how my career's going to pan out? Absolutely not. Am I upset that they've put me out there? I'm not upset, either. I enjoy being here and the guys that I'm around [but] would it be the end of my world if they moved me? No."
Taschner said that he feels "better than ever" physically and insisted that his velocity is sound. But he admitted that he has struggled to gain command of a two-seam fastball he has tried throwing this spring.
"I keep missing away and I'm just not making the adjustments," he said.Still, the Giants probably could obtain the long reliever they seek in exchange for Taschner, whose left-handedness and durability make him valuable. He made 130 appearances in the previous two years and, as he pointed out, "I know I'll be 31 in April, but my arm's relatively young because I sat out 2 1/2 years [with injuries]." Economics also favor a Taschner deal. He's due to earn $835,000 this season, less than half of what free-agent left-hander Will Ohman reportedly is seeking. The Indians, Marlins, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates and Rays were among teams seeking left-handers at various junctures of the spring. So were the Dodgers, Padres and Rockies, though the Giants might be reluctant to ship Taschner to a National League West rival. The Giants did make three roster moves, reassigning right-handers Francis Beltran and Kevin Pucetas and catcher Jackson Williams to Minor League camp. That trimmed the spring roster to 40 players.
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.