Giants hope to win with Winn

How bad is the NL West?

So bad, that the Giants — who have one less win than the woeful Reds — are just 5 1/2 games out, even though they are 13 games below .500. And since 5 1/2 games back on July 31 isn’t that big of a margin, the Giants are buyers — not sellers — at the deadline.

Instead of dealing Jason Schmidt or any of their other veterans, the Giants went out and got themselves Randy Winn from the Mariners for backup catcher Yorvit Torrealba and right-handed pitcher Jesse Foppert.  This deal came way out of left field since the Giants were never mentioned as one of the teams interested in Winn. The Yankees and Cardinals had been hot and heavy in their pursuit of the outfielder.

Meanwhile, the Mariners have the same exact record as the Giants. But the AL West isn’t a joke like its NL brethren.

As  my colleague John Schlegel points out in his well-written column on the Mariners-Giants deal, "These two teams are in the same place in one sense, but it’s a heck of a lot better to be where the Giants are with that record."

Is Winn a difference-maker? I don’t think so. The Giants desperately need Barry Bonds back in the lineup if they intend to overtake the free-falling Padres. Bonds continues to rehab his right knee in Los Angeles, and hasn’t ruled out returning this year.

If Bonds comes back healthy, the Giants may have a shot. But I still think it’s the Padres’ division to lose.

And they sure are doing a good job of letting it slip away.

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