It appears the Giants' 2006 season could be a real blast, while the Angels got the versatile infielder they wanted. Robbed of home runs due to injuries last season, the Giants will feature -- at times -- an All-Star, power-laden outfield like few others, as newly acquired outfielder Steve Finley combines with Barry Bonds and Moises Alou for a whopping career 1,302 homers. The threesome will be chasing four-bagger milestones, as Bonds (708) seeks to surpass Babe Ruth's 714 career standard while Alou and Finley are both three homers shy of the 300 mark.
Finley, who'll turn 41 on March 12, was traded Wednesday from the Angels for third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo. He adds experience and depth to San Francisco's outfield and gives them another strong left-handed bat. "With his versatility, our goal is to make sure Bonds and Alou play 120 games each, and Steve can play every position," said Giants general manager Brian Sabean. "It's a good problem. With [center fielder] Randy Winn, it gives us four outfielders, and Moises can also play other positions. Our goal is to get [Finley] on the field as much as possible." It was also good news for the Angels, as Alfonzo -- a good hitter with decent defensive range -- will play both second and third. General manager Bill Stoneman also hopes the change will mean new life for the veteran fielder, who struggled with a .277 average last year at San Francisco. Stoneman said Alfonzo's been playing well in winter ball in his native Venezuela and is fine physically. "With Finley, we were hoping for a better season than he had, and I'm sure the Giants were hoping for a better season for Alfonzo," said Stoneman. "They've both had better years than last year." The deal was essentially a financial wash, according to Sabean, who had been targeting Finley -- a two-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner -- for the past three seasons. The speedy outfielder chose the Dodgers two years ago to be close to his Arizona home and the Angels in 2005 because of family issues that have been resolved.