Check the hair gel or product the Giants’ pitchers were using in the playoffs for their amazing pitching success. What did you really think those crazy beards by Wilson and Romo were all about? I am not joking, you can easily see the discoloration against their naturally brown hair in close-ups on HD. Still, I would rather see them win it than a lot of other teams. They have many likable players and congratulations.
Comment by Phantom Stranger — November 1, 2010 @ 11:45 pm
Time to sell high on Huff and Ross, I think you meant to say.
I’m a 39yo Giants fan, extremely happy. The city earned it, for years of hard fandom.
Comment by Kevin Yost — November 2, 2010 @ 12:33 am
I hated seeing my lil’ Rangers lose but I cannot hate this Giants team. They just have too many good guys who all seem to bust their butts for one another. They deserved to win.
Comment by RevAIDGnarl — November 2, 2010 @ 12:52 am
I actually think that’s Ryan Zimmerman.
Comment by theonemephisto — November 2, 2010 @ 1:07 am
Sabean did not sign Zito. That signing was orchestrated by Peter McGowan, who has subsequently “stepped down” (re: forced out) as managing partner of the ownership group. I guarantee you that the Zito contract, more so than anything to do with Barry Bonds, is the reason Bill Nuekom is the face of the owners right now and not Peter McGowan.
They will off arbitration to Huff and Uribe, for the draft picks if nothing else (both should be Type B guys).
Renteria will be bought out (the choice is 500k or 11m; they’ll choose 500k), and replaced by Fontenot and/or prospect who has hot spring.
Burrell will be offered a one year deal (possible second year club option), probably for around 2m and incentives. Whether he takes it or not, who knows. If he wants to be, he can be a Giant for life (coach, etc); and I say that because of how often guys have mentioned him as being a leader this season.
As for Crawford and/or Werth, I’d love to see Carl Crawford take on triples alley…but Nuekom has hinted that the club won’t be offering 3+ year deals, so top flight free agents are unlikely. Sabean is going to have a hell of a time shuffling the chairs this offseason and next, with Lincecum due for another arb hearing after 2011 (what if he wins the Cy Young next year?), Cain up after 2012, and the albatross contracts of Zito and Rowand till 2013.
Well, a GM can be good at drafting but bad at transactions, and still wind up as a net drag on his club’s fortunes. I’m not say that Sabean is (I have no idea if he is), but I think pointing to his savvy draft picks doesn’t do all the work here.
I go back as far as sitting in the cheap seats with my little league team chanting “we want a homer” and stomping on the concrete when Willie Mays was up, so this is pretty big day for me. My mother still has the kodak instamatics I took in 64 of McCovey, Marichal and Mays on picture day. I took my wife on one of our first dates to see John Montefusco in 78 in McCovey’s last or next to the last season.
So he is only good at evaluating pitching and catching prospects, that puts him in the 90th percentile for GM’s. Yeah you can ding him for Rowand and Zito, but he put together the best all homegrown pitching staff I have ever seen, and that is why they won.
Viliphied — everyone knew his wrist was bad at the time. He was horrid b/c of it after being acquired by the Cards. Pretty much everyone knew that Sabean spent $12 M on a 0 WAR player, not a 2-3 WAR player.
Rowand’s contract is up after the 2012 season not 2013. He’s owed $24M over the next 2 seasons, with no buyout. I think that he’ll be traded sometime between now and the end of the 2011 season. The Giants will have to pony up at least 50% of what’s left on his salary (and expect only a D-level prospect in return) to get another team to take him. The other possibility is to trade him for another major-leaguer with a similar untradeable contract.
Uribe and Huff are both officially “type B” – and will be tendered if they don’t agree on a new contract before the tender date. I don’t see either of them gettting more than a 2 year deal (even from Sabes), so it will be up to them if they want to give up extra $$$ and years to stay with the Giants. I don’t see Burrell leaving the Giants unless Sabes just totally refuses to offer him a halfway decent incentive-laden contract.
The Giants have no money to go after any big name FA, so put the Crawfords and Werths of the world out of your mind.
The key thing the Giants need to nail down in the offseason is what to do at SS, figuring out what to do with Panda and DeRosa (still under contract for 2011), and deciding what to do with Cody Ross.