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Giants want balance of offense, defense in OF

Duggar's anticipated arrival allows for short-term commitment in center
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giants general manager Bobby Evans admitted Monday that, when weighing the acquisition of an outfielder, the ballclub might have to consider a performer who's lacking defensively if he's competent offensively.

Of course, the Giants would prefer not to make that sacrifice.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Giants general manager Bobby Evans admitted Monday that, when weighing the acquisition of an outfielder, the ballclub might have to consider a performer who's lacking defensively if he's competent offensively.

Of course, the Giants would prefer not to make that sacrifice.

"I think the needs we have offensively could create some compromise on what we're doing defensively," Evans said. "But they're both extremely important right now. So, in a perfect world, we're trying to address both with one guy."

Ideally, the Giants would pick up a corner outfielder and a center fielder. The latter spot has been earmarked for Steven Duggar, who was named to the Arizona Fall League All-Prospects team Monday.

Duggar, whose defensive range has drawn raves, also ranks seventh on MLBPipeline.com's list of Giants prospects. He's not expected to make the Opening Day roster, but could be the regular center fielder by 2019.

Evans said Duggar's impending ascent gives the Giants "a more short-term mindset" regarding prospective center fielders.

Evans mentioned no names, but this approach could lead the Giants toward exploring a trade for Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, whose contract expires after next season.

Cincinnati's Billy Hamilton also has been mentioned in trade talk. But his career .298 on-base percentage negates his impressive speed.

San Francisco long has been linked to free-agent center fielder Lorenzo Cain. However, any team signing him would surrender Draft choices, an increasingly valuable commodity. And, obviously, he's seeking a multiyear deal.

HOF happiness: Giants manager Bruce Bochy shared a plane with Alan Trammell, who's part of the Detroit Tigers delegation. When they landed here from San Diego, they and a handful of other baseball people shared in Trammell's success.

Trammell, who coached briefly under Bochy with the Padres, was elected Sunday to baseball's Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee along with right-hander Jack Morris.

As Bochy related, Trammell couldn't be informed of the voting results until the flight landed. Once that happened, Trammell immediately vanished to learn his fate via cellphone. When he rejoined Bochy and the others, he said simply, "I got the call."

Bochy said Trammell was expressionless.

"No emotion or anything like that," Bochy said. "I think he was a little numb."

Moore remains No. 45: An article posted Saturday said the Giants had issued jersey No. 55, worn from 2007-15 by right-hander Tim Lincecum, to left-hander Matt Moore. The report was erroneous. Moore was listed as No. 55 on the Giants' 40-man roster that appeared in the Winter Meetings Guide. That tidbit of information was inaccurate.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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