SAN FRANCISCO -- Because of a trip to the White House next week, Giants general manager Brian Sabean and his baseball operations staff will spend the trade deadline in Washington D.C. As he prepares for the ceremonial visit to see the President, Sabean said he has all but accepted the fact that the Giants likely won't be making the same trip next year.
"As we speak, the math is horrific against us," Sabean said on his regular KNBR appearance on Thursday. "And we're almost ready to turn the page on this season."
Sabean said the Giants are open-minded about the trade deadline, capable of adding a piece that might help this year and next or also selling to help replenish the farm system. But he doesn't expect to make any moves until the July 31 deadline gets close.
"We're really in neutral because of the position we're in," Sabean said. "When you're (seven) games out and nine games under .500, there's not a lot of need to be aggressive. On balance, I'm more prepared to stand pat than expect anything else happening."
Sabean said the Giants remain in a "fact-finding age" and the market remains full of teams that have not given up on making the postseason. There have been calls, texts and emails back and forth, but Sabean said there haven't been as many calls about his pending free agents as one might think.
One of those free agents is Tim Lincecum, who lasted just 32/3 innings in his first start after throwing a no-hitter. Sabean said he is not worried about Lincecum, pointing out that manager Bruce Bochy, pitching coach Dave Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner trusted Lincecum to make it out of the 148-pitch no-hitter with no health issues.
"They're not going to do anything to jeopardize anybody's career," Sabean said. "Whatever happened after — and he didn't pitch well in his last start -- a lot of thought went into it. Timmy prepared himself his whole life to be a pitcher. He's a freak in a lot of ways, and some of which is how resilient his arm is."