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The Largest Selection of Wholesale Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products in Oakland

When it comes to trying new, exciting cuisine, few foods hit the spot like a deliciously fresh Mediterranean meal. However, we know that it can be very difficult to find authentic Mediterranean grocery wholesalers in Oakland, CA. Having lived in metro Atlanta for years, we realized that our customers needed an easy way to find quality wholesale Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food in bulk. That is why we created Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market - to give everyone a chance to enjoy tasty, healthy food, desserts, and authentic Mediterranean gifts at wholesale prices.

Founded in 2009, Nazareth Grocery has become one of Oakland's leading international wholesale grocery stores. We are very proud to serve our customers and do everything in our power to give them the largest selection of high-quality wholesale goods available.

If you're looking for the freshest, most delicious Middle Eastern wholesale products and ingredients, you will find them here at the best prices in the state. We encourage you to swing by our store in Marietta to see our selection for yourself. We think that you will be impressed!

The Nazareth Difference

At Nazareth Grocery Mediterranean Market, our mission is simple: bring you and your family the largest selection of wholesale Mediterranean products in Oakland. When coupled with our helpful, friendly staff and authentic Middle Eastern atmosphere, it's easy to see why we are the top Middle Eastern grocery wholesaler in Oakland, CA. We're proud to carry just about every kind of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern product that you can think of, from prepared meals and hookahs to fine seasonings and sweets. We're here for our customers and want each one of them to have a unique, one-of-a-kind experience when they shop with us.

Our loyal customers love our selection of the following wholesale foods and gifts:

  • Fresh Breads
  • OlivesOlives
  • HummusHummus
  • CheesesCheeses
  • SaucesSauces
  • Savory-FoodsSavory Foods
  • DessertsDesserts
  • DrinksDrinks
  • HookahsHookahs
  • TobaccoTobacco
  • SaucesGifts
  • Much More!Much More!

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Most Popular Wholesale Mediterranean Foods

There is so much more to Mediterranean food than pizza and pasta. The perfect climate combined with delicious foods and amazing wine makes the Mediterranean incredibly irresistible. That's why our customers absolutely love to buy this kind of cuisine in bulk. Every country in this region has its own set of specialties and delicacies, each with its own flavors and styles of preparation.

Mediterranean countries include:

  • France
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Turkey
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Spain
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So, when it comes to the most popular wholesale Mediterranean products in Oakland,
what are we talking about?

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Feta Cheese

Feta cheese is a classic Mediterranean dairy product that is often enjoyed on its own, in Greek salads, on bread, or mixed with zucchini. Depending on where the feta is sourced and produced, the cheese can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk, or even a combination of the three. Regardless of the animal it comes from, this delicious cheese is a crowd favorite.

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Baba Ganoush

This Levantine dish is one of the most well-known Mediterranean dishes to eat in the United States. It typically comes in the form of a dip, served with pita or another kind of dipping bread. Commonly served before dinner as an appetizer of sorts, it usually features tahini, eggplant, garlic, spices, and sometimes yogurt. This tasty cuisine works great as a spread on a sandwich, or you can even eat it with a spoon, all on its own.

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Baklava

If you have never tried authentic baklava before, get ready to have your mind blown. This dessert is a traditional Mediterranean food that will have your taste buds craving more and more. Once you open a box of baklava from our Mediterranean grocery wholesaler in Oakland, CA, you won't want to stop eating! Baklava is made with layers of thin filo dough, which is layered together, filled with chopped nuts (think pistachios), and sealed with honey or syrup. Baklava is so good that its origins are debated, leaving many wondering which country invented the dessert. Everyone from the Turks to the Greeks and even Middle Easterners hold unique takes on baklava. Try each one to discover your favorite!

Most Popular Wholesale Middle Eastern Foods

Fresh, healthy, aromatic, rich: it's no wonder that the popularity of Middle Eastern cuisine and products has skyrocketed in the United States. This genre of cuisine features a large variety of foods, from Halvah to Labneh. If there were one common theme throughout all Middle Eastern food, it would be the bright, vibrant herbs and spices that are used. These flavorings help create rich, complex flavors that foodies fawn over. Typically, Middle Eastern food is piled high for all to eat, with enough food for an entire republic to put down.

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Tabbouleh

This refreshing, healthy dish is chock-full of greens, herbs, tomatoes, and bulgur (or cracked wheat), creating a memorable, bold flavor. This dish may be eaten on its own or paired with a shawarma sandwich or helping of falafel. It's best to buy your ingredients in bulk to make this dish because it tastes best freshly made with family around to enjoy. Just be sure to bring a toothpick to the tabbouleh party - you're almost certain to have some leafy greens stuck in your teeth after eating.

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Shawarma

We mentioned shawarma above, and for good reason - this dish is enjoyed by men and women around the world, and of course, right here in the U.S. Except for falafel, this might be the most popular Middle Eastern food item in history. Shawarma is kind of like a Greek gyro, with slow-roasted meat stuffed in laffa with veggies and sauce. The blend of spices and the smoky meat mix together to create a tangy, meaty flavor that you will want to keep eating for hours. For western-style shawarma, try using beef or chicken. For a more traditional meal, try using lamb from our Middle Eastern grocery distributor in Oakland, CA.

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Hummus

Traditionally used as a dip meant for fresh pita, hummus is a combo of chickpeas, garlic, and tahini, blended together until silky, smooth, and creamy. You can find hummus in just about any appetizer section of a Middle Eastern restaurant menu. That's because it's considered a staple of Middle Eastern food that can be enjoyed by itself, as a spread, or with fresh-baked pita bread. Hummus is also very healthy, making it a no-brainer purchase from our grocery store.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

If there's one diet that is most well-known for its health benefits, it has got to be the Mediterranean diet. In 2019, U.S. News & World Report listed the Mediterranean diet as No. 1 on its best over diet list. This incredible diet has been cited to help with weight loss, brain health, heart health, diabetes prevention, and cancer prevention.

Whether you already love Mediterranean food or you're looking to make some positive changes in your life, this "diet" is for you. Eating cuisine like Greek food, Persian food, Turkish food, and Italian food is healthy and tastes great. Even better than that? At Nazareth Wholesale Grocery, we have many staples of the Mediterranean diet for sale in bulk so that you can stock up on your favorites at the best prices around.

So, what exactly is the Mediterranean diet?

It is a way of eating that incorporates traditional Greek, Italian, and other Mediterranean cultures' foods. These foods are often plant-based and make up the foundation of the diet, along with olive oil. Fish, seafood, dairy, and poultry are also included in moderation. Red meat and sweets are only eaten in moderation, not in abundance. Mediterranean food includes many forms of nuts, fruits, vegetables, fish, seeds, and more. Of course, you can find at them all at our wholesale Mediterranean grocery store!

Here are just a few of the many benefits of eating a healthy Mediterranean diet:

Reduced Risk of Heart Disease

Reduced Risk
of Heart Disease

Many studies have been conducted on this diet, many of which report that Mediterranean food is excellent for your heart. Some of the most promising evidence comes from a randomized clinical trial published in 2013. For about five years, researchers followed 7,000 men and women around the country of Spain. These people had type 2 diabetes or were at a high risk for cardiovascular disease. Participants in the study who ate an unrestricted Mediterranean diet with nuts and extra-virgin olive oil were shown to have a 30% lower risk of heart events.

Reduced Risk of Stroke for Women

Reduced Risk
of Stroke for Women

In addition to the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean diet, studies have shown that eating healthy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods can reduce the chances of stroke in women. The study was conducted in the U.K., which included women between the ages of 40 and 77. Women who stuck to the Mediterranean diet showed a lower risk of having a stroke - especially women who were at high risk of having one.

Benefits of Eating a Mediterranean Diet

First and foremost, purchase your Mediterranean and Middle Eastern wholesale foods from Nazareth Grocery - we're always updating our inventory! Getting started on this healthy, delicious diet is easy.

Try these tips:

Try these tips

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Instead of unhealthy sweets like candy and ice cream, try eating fresh fruit instead. It's refreshing, tasty, and often packed with great vitamins and nutrients.

2.

Try eating fish twice a week, in lieu of red meat. Fish is much healthier and doesn't have the unfortunate side effects of red meat, like inflammation.

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Try planning out your meals using beans, whole grains, and veggies. Don't start with meats and sweets.

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They're tasty, but try to avoid processed foods completely.

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Instead of using butter to flavor your food, use extra virgin olive oil instead. Olive oil contains healthy fats and tastes great too.

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Try to get more exercise and get out of the house. The Mediterranean lifestyle is an active one, best enjoyed in the beautiful sunshine when possible.

Why Buy Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Products Wholesale?

Buying wholesale and retail are quite different. When you buy products from a wholesaler, you're essentially buying from the middleman between a retail establishment and the manufacturer. Wholesale purchases are almost always made in bulk. Because of that, buyers pay a discounted price. That's great for normal buyers and great for business owners, who can sell those products to profit. This higher price is called the retail price, and it is what traditional customers pay when they enter a retail store.

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Reasons For Optimism And Interest Against All Logic

Welcome to rah-rah Saturday, where the worst run franchise in the worst run sport still gives fans reasons to care, hope, and root because baseball is a magical sport and the A’s are a magical team to call your own.No high priced free agents and no mid-range free agents, not even a Bartolo Colon or Scott Kazmir, will be pursued. Your 2024 A’s are going to be young and oft overmatched, with a group of younger up-and-comers trying to help offset the failures of the rebuild so far.And yet baseball, being that most unpr...

Welcome to rah-rah Saturday, where the worst run franchise in the worst run sport still gives fans reasons to care, hope, and root because baseball is a magical sport and the A’s are a magical team to call your own.

No high priced free agents and no mid-range free agents, not even a Bartolo Colon or Scott Kazmir, will be pursued. Your 2024 A’s are going to be young and oft overmatched, with a group of younger up-and-comers trying to help offset the failures of the rebuild so far.

And yet baseball, being that most unpredictable of games, gives you story lines and surprises galore and even these A’s, in this era of franchise abuse, are no exception. Here is your Xmas list of reasons it will be interesting to follow the green and gold in the coming year...

I will watch Joe Boyle’s starts with fascination to see if this rookie who walked 2 batters every 3 innings in the minors can continue to pitch, in the big leagues, like a legitimate front-of-the-rotation SP.

And even if I am not confident he will thrive, Luis Medina has the stuff to excel and his emergence would go a long way to solidifying the rotation for a competitive team. Perhaps Waldichuk will be back sooner rather than later aiming to give the A’s a “big 3” of sorts as some other intriguing arms move up the ladder.

Let’s face it: when your team is rebuilding and coming off 100+ loss seasons, you have to watch the minors more in order to keep hope alive. The A’s system, sadly, isn’t “stacked” following several big trades, but there are still arms rising that if successful could anchor a solid rotation in the coming years.

Tyler Soderstrom and Lawrence Butler had disappointing cups of coffee but will almost certainly be back for much of 2024 and both have legitimate talent.

Shea Langeliers showed flashes of brilliance, mostly his arm and raw power, and now needs to hit .250 while receiving pitches better behind the dish. Ryan Noda was a 2 WAR rookie aiming to cut Ks just enough, and be consistent enough on defense, to become a 3 WAR mainstay.

If any of these guys can break through it will be worth watching, and if all can break through the A’s will be better, sooner, than anyone imagined. Add Darell Hernaiz to the group despite not yet having made his debut, as his debut is coming soon and he is coming off of 2 sterling seasons in AA-AAA.

As it stands, Clarke finished the season at AA Midland as a 23 year old with relatively little baseball experience (he “didn’t pick up a baseball until age 10”), impressive pedigree (his mom is an Olympic heptathlete, his cousins are the Naylors), and 5-tool athleticism.

Clarke is still working on cutting down his K-rate, but his .261/.381/.496 in 64 games, with 12 HR and 11 SB (in 12 attempts), make him a “must follow” who might find his way to Oakland by year’s end if all goes well.

Basically, if you like “hope of contention, even if I have to squint to see it,” these A’s are not for you. But if you like young talent, seeing a Zack Gelof emerge and watching to see who might be the next 2-3 Gelofs the team can build around, the 2024 season, and into 2025, might be downright entertaining, even increasing exciting and competitive.

These A’s are not currently poised to be apt comparisons, but it’s still worth remembering that in 2023 the NL’s World Series team, your Arizona Diamondbacks, lost 110 games just 2 years ago, and the AL’s winningest team, your Baltimore Orioles, also lost 110 games 2 years prior. Oakland is just 2 games off that pace!!!

Which is really just to note that things change fast and baseball is unpredictable, not that you should pre-purchasing your 2025 post-season tickets before they sell out. (Wherever the home games are, because who knows?)

in 2024 there will be losses, lots and lots of them, and no one ever rushed to buy a ticket to watch Abraham Toro or Trevor Gott. Nonetheless, I am here today to remind you that there will be some wins, some emergence of true talent, some pleasant surprises, and some hope for better days ahead. And that reminder, my friends, is my gift to you this holiday season.

Rain’s expected in Oakland Sunday—up to 3 inches by Thursday

A moderately sized storm is heading to Oakland and Berkeley, bringing scattered showers throughout the week.The National Weather Service is forecasting between two to three inches of rain will douse the East Bay Sunday through Thursday, with a 20% chance of thunderstorms early Monday morning. The main rain band of the storm, which originated in the Gulf of Alaska region, is expected to impact the Bay Area Sunday afternoon.Expect some ponding in low-lying, flood-prone areas. But flooding is not a significant concern with this st...

A moderately sized storm is heading to Oakland and Berkeley, bringing scattered showers throughout the week.

The National Weather Service is forecasting between two to three inches of rain will douse the East Bay Sunday through Thursday, with a 20% chance of thunderstorms early Monday morning. The main rain band of the storm, which originated in the Gulf of Alaska region, is expected to impact the Bay Area Sunday afternoon.

Expect some ponding in low-lying, flood-prone areas. But flooding is not a significant concern with this storm, said Brayden Murdock, a meteorologist at the NWS Bay Area office in Monterey. Because this is one of the first significant storms of the season, river systems and soils are still able to absorb a “good amount of water,” he said.

“We’ve definitely had more impressive systems come through, [and] I don’t want to understate the fact that this one could have some localized flooding and breezy to gusty winds,” Murdock said. “But compared to what we saw back in January or the night [of] New Year’s Eve, this isn’t going to be as impactful as those.”

The agency is urging people to be “safe and smart,” to be prepared and to clear out gutters to prevent flooding, and check in on friends and neighbors, especially as this is one of the first significant storms of the season. A red flag warning has not been issued, as the potential thunderstorms are expected to come after a significant amount of rainfall has moistened the area, Murdock said.

Temperatures are expected to hover in the high 40s to low 60s.

Conditions are expected to dry out by the following weekend, but it’s possible more rain may be on the way during the Christmas holiday, according to long-range forecasts.

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District also issued a Spare the Air Alert for Friday through Sunday, citing weather conditions trapping wood smoke pollution near the ground. It’s illegal to burn wood when a Spare the Air Alert is in place. AirNow’s air quality forecasts for Oakland and Berkeley show the AQI rising above 100, entering the orange “unhealthy for sensitive groups” stage, for those three days.

Elephant Rumblings: A’s agree to pay for Coliseum stake

Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!In 2019, the A’s bought a 50% stake in the Coliseum site from Alameda County in case they needed it as a fallback option for a new stadium. The price was $85 million, and the current balance remaining on the sale is $45 million. Given the team’s abrupt abandonment of its stated intention to remain “Rooted in Oakland,” one might have been reasonably skeptical that owner John Fisher would make good on the team’s obligations.But yesterday, John Shea at the San Fr...

Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!

In 2019, the A’s bought a 50% stake in the Coliseum site from Alameda County in case they needed it as a fallback option for a new stadium. The price was $85 million, and the current balance remaining on the sale is $45 million. Given the team’s abrupt abandonment of its stated intention to remain “Rooted in Oakland,” one might have been reasonably skeptical that owner John Fisher would make good on the team’s obligations.

But yesterday, John Shea at the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A’s have confirmed their commitment to pay the remainder they owe. This confirmation came in a letter to Alameda County Board of Supervisors president Nate Miley. Last week, the county sent notice to Fisher that the remaining sum was due by May 14, which will mark 180 days from the MLB owners’ unanimous vote to approve the A’s plan to move to Las Vegas.

Originally, the sale agreement laid out a schedule that would require the A’s to make three annual $15 million payments through January 2026 to satisfy the debt. But the agreement also contained a clause that requires the A’s to pay in full within 180 days of announcing a move from Oakland. The county apparently deemed the owners’ vote to have triggered that clause, and the A’s appear to be going along with it.

On one hand, this news seems to reinforce the probability that the Oakland Athletics will indeed follow through with their relocation plan. But at least they won’t try to skip town without picking up their tab for the purchase of the Coliseum grounds.

Have a wonderful weekend, AN.

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Likely position player options for AAA Las Vegas @AviatorsLV to start the season:C – Pozo, McCann, SchwarzIF – Bride, Hernaiz, Alvarez, Harris, DavidsonOF – Butler, Armenteros, Cameron, RosarioUT – Park, SchuemannOther possibilities: OF Clarke, 2B Bowman, 1B Lugbauer

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2023 Athletics Season in Review: Tyler Soderstrom

Tyler Soderstrom, a 22-year-old top prospect, excited many A’s fans upon his midseason call-up but looked outmatched and not developed enough in his limited chances.Soderstrom was selected 26th overall out of high school in the 2020 MLB Draft on June 10, 2020.The A’s top overall prospect and MLB’s no. 39 prospect heading into 2023, Soderstrom was projected to break the big league level this season and preview his dangerous bat for...

Tyler Soderstrom, a 22-year-old top prospect, excited many A’s fans upon his midseason call-up but looked outmatched and not developed enough in his limited chances.

Soderstrom was selected 26th overall out of high school in the 2020 MLB Draft on June 10, 2020.

The A’s top overall prospect and MLB’s no. 39 prospect heading into 2023, Soderstrom was projected to break the big league level this season and preview his dangerous bat for years to come. A catcher and first baseman, Soderstrom was expected to add some depth behind everyday starters like Shea Langeliers and Ryan Noda.

Soderstrom was brought up to the MLB level on July 14th, and he struggled out of the gate. Soderstrom recorded just eight hits in 38 at-bats during July, good for a .211 average. He found his power stroke slightly in August with two home runs, but he hit just .128 for the month with strikeouts in just under 1/3 of his 47 at-bats. Soderstrom was optioned back down to Triple-A on August 21 and dominated in Las Vegas, so he was brought right back up on September 1. September was another tough month for Soderstrom as he hit just one home run, two RBIs, and six hits in 36 at-bats, good for a .167 average.

In total, Soderstrom underwhelmed with a .160 average, .232 OBP, and .472 OPS in 125 at-bats while slapping just three home runs and seven RBIs. Defensively, he started eight games at first base, 13 at designated hitter, and eight behind the dish where he caught three guys stealing out of 13.

Defensively, Soderstrom already looks the part. While spending time both behind the plate and at first base, Soderstrom recorded just a singular error across 191.2 innings played. Also, just from an organizational standpoint, seeing Soderstrom crack the big league level after just two full minor league seasons and being drafted straight out of high school as a raw talent is very promising to see. Still, he’s far from a finished MLB product.

As is the case with many young hitters, Soderstrom struck out way too frequently. He had 43 strikeouts total amongst his 125 at-bats which is 9% over the already growing league average. Soderstrom most notably struggled with the off-speed pitches as he hit just .037 while whiffing 42.6% of the time. When Soderstrom did put it in play, it was a ground ball 54.2% of the time and weak contact 4.8% of the time while catching solid contact just 3.6% of the time — 2% below league average. To sum it up briefly, not much went right for Soderstrom offensively in his first season of MLB play. He finished with a 35 wRC+, with 100 being the league average.

With Langeliers holding down catcher, Noda holding down first base, and Brent Rooker being the team's DH, Soderstrom likely isn’t an Opening Day starter. The debate will be whether or not the A’s want him as a bench piece come March or if he’ll continue to develop in Triple-A. Either way, expect Soderstrom to get more chances at the big league level in 2024 and those chances will likely dictate how and where he’s used for the entirety of the season. Soderstrom was five at-bats short of the rookie criteria, so 2024 will serve as his official rookie season assuming his use increases. Expect him to build off of his rough 2023 and increase all his offensive numbers as he gains some familiarity and experience at the MLB level.

A’s, Trevor Gott Agree To Major League Deal

The A’s are in agreement with reliever Trevor Gott on a major league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (X link). Financial terms are not clear. The A’s have a full 40-man roster, meaning they’ll need to mak...

The A’s are in agreement with reliever Trevor Gott on a major league contract, reports Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic (X link). Financial terms are not clear. The A’s have a full 40-man roster, meaning they’ll need to make a corresponding DFA once the contract is official. Gott is represented by Sports One Athlete Management.

Gott was non-tendered by the Mets. He’d been projected for a modest $2MM salary, but New York apparently didn’t envision him holding a middle innings spot all season. He should have that opportunity in Oakland, where he’s one of the most experienced pitchers in a bullpen full of uncertainty.

The 31-year-old righty has appeared in parts of eight MLB seasons, although he has between five and six years of service time overall. Gott has appeared with the Angels, Nationals, Giants, Brewers, Mariners and Mets over the course of his career. He turned in serviceable middle relief results between Seattle and New York this year, pitching to a 4.19 ERA through 58 innings.

Gott struck hitters out at an average 23.8% clip while walking fewer than 8% of opponents. He didn’t miss many bats on a per-pitch basis, generating swinging strikes on only 9.2% of his offerings. That came with a slight velocity dip. After averaging north of 95 MPH on his sinker and four-seam in 2022, he sat in the 93-94 MPH range last season.

Even in the absence of overpowering stuff, Gott posted better results than most Oakland relievers. Only the Rockies and Royals had a higher bullpen ERA than the 5.20 mark turned in by the A’s. Among the team’s relievers with 20+ frames, Austin Pruitt, Trevor May and Dany Jiménez worked to a sub-4.00 ERA. Pruitt was waived and elected free agency; May retired. Jiménez found his decent results in 22 1/3 innings with mediocre strikeout and walk rates.

Gott could therefore pick up some high-leverage work for skipper Mark Kotsay. He’ll return to free agency again next winter. As a decent veteran arm on what’s surely a low-cost guarantee, he could find himself on the move for a mid-level prospect at next summer’s trade deadline.

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The Giants are entertaining the idea of trading from their group of young and controllable pitching prospects, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. He says that signing a veteran will make it more likely but it’s a path they are already considering. As for who is in this group that Rosenthal is referring to, he lists lefties Kyle Harrison and Carson Whisenhunt as well as righties Tristan Beck, Keaton Winn, Mason Black and Hayden Birdsong.

The rotation in San Francisco doesn’t look like a strength right now. They recently had Alex Wood and Jakob Junis reach free agency, with Sean Manaea following them by opting out of his contract. The club picked up their option on Alex Cobb, but he’s going to miss at least the first month or so of the season due to hip surgery.

That leaves the club with Logan Webb and a number of questions. Anthony DeSclafani has dealt with ankle, shoulder and elbow injuries over the past two seasons, limiting him 118 2/3 innings of fairly ineffective work. Ross Stripling posted a 5.36 ERA in his 89 innings this year. Harrison debuted in 2023 but has just 34 2/3 innings of major league experience, in which he allowed eight home runs. Winn and Beck also debuted but they also have limited workloads so far and less prospect hype than Harrison.

None of Black, Whisenhunt nor Birdsong are on the 40-man roster, but Black has reached Triple-A and the latter two have made it to the Double-A level. Baseball America currently lists Whisenhunt as the club’s #5 prospect, Black at #8 and Birdsong at #12.

There is a lot of potential in that group but very few sure things. Subtracting someone from the flock would be a risk, but Rosenthal frames it as something that might need to be considered in order to add young, athletic position players.

On the whole, the club’s defense wasn’t strong in 2023. Their collective -15 Defensive Runs Saved and -17.1 grade from Ultimate Zone Rating were both in the bottom third of the league. Outs Above Average was a bit more bullish, giving them a +15, but it’s perhaps worth pointing out that Thairo Estrada alone had a +20. Brandon Crawford, now a free agent, was second on the club with +6.

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi stated at the start of the offseason that upgrading the outfield defense was a priority. Since then, the club signed one of the youngest free agents available in 25-year-old Jung Hoo Lee. Perhaps further outfield changes could be considered, with bat-first guys like Michael Conforto and Mitch Haniger still in the mix for playing time.

Zaidi also said that Marco Luciano will have the chance to take over the shortstop position to replace Crawford, but then later said that they would still consider bringing in depth because “it makes sense for us to have some insurance.”

Generally speaking, finding young and athletic players in free agency is hard to do. Since it takes six years of service time to reach the open market, most players don’t get there until close to or after their 30th birthday. With the Giants looking to get younger and more athletic, it makes sense that they jumped at the chance to sign Lee, but he was a unique exception since he was coming over from the Korea Baseball Organization.

If the Giants are looking for another young player to help with their athleticism, free agency offers limited options. That’s particularly true of the shortstop position, where Tim Anderson and Isiah Kiner-Falefa are some of the standouts. Teams like the Reds, Twins, Rays, Cardinals and Orioles have lots of position players and could be willing to make a deal, but they would all likely be looking for young and controllable pitching in return.

As with any potential trade scenarios, the chances of something getting done will ultimately depend on the offers coming the other way. It will also depend upon the other paths the Giants pursue. They have been connected to starting pitching upgrades, including reported interest in Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Blake Snell and Yariel Rodríguez. They have also had some interest in free agent position players like Matt Chapman and Cody Bellinger. There are still many moving pieces but it seems as though there’s a non-zero chance of them making some young and controllable pitchers available, which will surely intrigue many rival clubs around the league.

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