San Francisco brass is kicking the tires on plenty of options as Hunter Pence recovers from surgery to repair a torn hamstring. The Giants and Brewers have reportedly engaged in preliminary talks over a potential trade centered around outfielder Ryan Braun.
"Two names are going to come up -- Christian Arroyo and (Tyler) Beede," broadcaster Duane Kuiper told KNBR on Tuesday morning. "Are you willing to even talk about that kind of deal when those to names are brought up? If you are willing to part with one of those guys, then you have a shot of getting Ryan Braun. If not, then you probably don't. And I don't think the Giants are willing to... I mean you saw Christian Arroyo this spring. ... It's hard to think about losing a guy like that.
"On the other hand it's nice to think that you could have Ryan Braun in the outfield for five more years."
Braun, 32, signed a five-year, $105 million contract extension in 2011. He is due $19 million in each of the next three seasons, $18 million in 2019 and $16 million in 2020. He also has a $15 million mutual option with a $4 million buyout for the 2020 season.
"You always have to watch dollars and cents, and the Giants are very good at that, but I really don't think that's an issue with the Giants," Kuiper told KNBR. "I think they're willing to do whatever they need to do to make this team better.
"Now, you wanna give up those young guys to do it? There's the dilemma and I don't think the Giants are ready to do that yet."
Arroyo, 21, is hitting .286 with two home runs in 57 Double-A games so far this season. Beede, 23, is 4-3 with a 3.32 ERA in 11 Double-A starts this year.
Braun, who was named NL Rookie of the Year in 2007 and MVP in 2011, owns a .305 batting average and .367 on-base percentage with 266 home runs over a 10-year career.