Mike Stanton (baseball)

Giants beat 'em to the punch

When the White Sox traded for Freddy Garcia in 2004, Ken Williams had the perfect explanation for the midseason move.

"1917,'' the general manage said, referring to the last time the White Sox had won the World Series.

As the general manager of the defending World Series champion Giants, Brian Sabean would not figure to feel the same sense of urgency.

Yet it was the team at the top that struck quickly last week, snatching switch-hitting outfielder Carlos Beltran out of the hands of his two primary National League rivals, the Phillies and Braves.

With 2010 hero Buster Posey gone for the season, the Giants focused on the Mets'...