LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Rays left-hander David Price was involved in the most startling nugget of information involving the Giants during these Winter Meetings.
ESPN's Buster Olney wrote on Twitter that the Giants "checked in" on Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, but haven't yet opened discussions with the Rays.
Those talks might never occur, given the wealth of talent the Giants would have to relinquish to trade for Price, who has posted a 71-39 record with the Rays since they made him the No. 1 overall choice in the 2007 First-year Player Draft.
Rays management reportedly is uncertain it can afford Price, who's eligible for salary arbitration in each of the next two seasons before becoming eligible for free agency in 2016. That has generated much trade speculation involving Price, 28.
Common sense dictates that Tampa Bay would want at least one Major League-ready pitching prospect in return for Price. The Giants don't have pitchers who fit that description, even by general manager Brian Sabean's admission. Thus, to form a package of players for Price, the Giants might have to include right-hander Kyle Crick, the most promising member of their sizable stable of pitching prospects from the lower Minors.
San Francisco almost surely would have to throw in another pitcher. One possibility is left-hander Edwin Escobar, 21, whom Sabean said has been asked about in multiple trade proposals from other clubs.
The Giants likely would have to add a young but proven hitter. First baseman Brandon Belt, who has progressed steadily in each of the last two seasons, might pique Tampa Bay's interest. Switch-hitting catcher Hector Sanchez also has value.
All this has about as much of a chance of happening as Sabean purchasing a pair of Mickey Mouse ears at nearby Disney World and wearing them daily throughout next season.
Bochy's son could be selected in Rule 5 Draft
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- For the Giants, the most compelling drama of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft will involve right-hander Brett Bochy, the son of manager Bruce Bochy.
The younger Bochy was left unprotected, exposing him to being selected by other teams in the Draft.
A 20th-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, Brett Bochy finished 1-1 with a 3.99 ERA and two saves in 45 appearances for Triple-A Fresno last season. The 26-year-old struck out 57 and walked 16 in 56 1/3 innings.
Mapson named West Coast Scout of Year
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giants senior advisor Doug Mapson received a little-known yet coveted honor Wednesday when the Scout of the Year program named him West Coast Scout of the Year during a dinner ceremony at baseball's Winter Meetings.
Mapson will enter his 22nd year with the Giants next season, including the last nine as national cross-checker.
Before joining the Giants, Mapson spent 11 years with the Cubs. His highlight of that tenure was signing right-hander Greg Maddux in 1984. Maddux proceeded to win 355 games during a career that likely will land him in the Hall of Fame.