Didn’t they pick up an option for him this past offseason? When I read that I thought it was odd, as I had figured they wanted to move him to the Red Sox last year to avoid paying his salary and get younger at the same time. Then they decided to pay the salary anyway. Maybe they thought he’d be up for a trade this year, but if he blocked one last season, why wouldn’t he block it again this year? Regardless, now they’re definitely stuck with him.
Honestly though, when I saw the link , I was kind of hoping to see Emilio Bonifacio on here. He’s certainly the worst regular that I know of, and it couldn’t hurt to get some more recognition as to how bad he is. Maybe someone on the team will actually care.
Francouer has actually been a + fielder to date though, so Giles basically kills him in that respect. Despite Francouer’s fall from grace, he’s still 25 and cheaper than Giles. It’s surprisingly not close.
At least Young has some upside. For a team as money-conscious as the Pads to be spending this kind of money on such a horrible player is a surefire recipe for disaster. It makes their mediocre record all the more impressive, as coming into the season they looked like a 60-65 win team with Giles having a normal decline path.
Don’t be surprised if Yuniesky Betancourt keeps in the race for the dubious title of Worst Regular in Baseball. Young, Giles, & Matthews may all be ahead of him right now but a mental collapse in the field for a few days & he’ll be right up there. At least Giles & Matthews are older veterans who have struggled with injuries for a few years. Betancourt & Young are close to disgracing the game considering their athletic talents. Both of those guys should be plus defenders with the ability to take a pitch now & then but have instead chosen to fritter away their considerable talents.
As a Padre fan. It does not get much worse than Brian “the only thing I can hit is my girl” Giles. Giles is simply pathetic. Everyone who’s grown up in this area knows he was on steroids as early as his high school years. That, combined with his affection for tanning booths, make him the most pathetic person in the game today. Then add the fact that he tried to counter-sue his girlfriend for abuse on him? Sack up Giles, and start pretending that ball is your girl and maybe you finally get some hits.
Ditto on Yuniesky Betancourt kissing the bottom. wOBA of .254 (-13.6 runs) and an embarassing UZR of -9.6. -1.2 WAR, -$5.5m value. His numbers are atrocious, but his attitude is worse. His physical talents are undeniable and was once touted as a five-tool knockout, but he’s categorically refused to do anything more than the bare minimum now that he’s got his bucks. He can’t make the excuse that he’s old, either.
Yuni is generally the only one on the team not taking extra batting/fielding practice, seemingly ignores the management’s growing disenchantment with his propensity to swing at everything, and treats his multitudes of errors as a joke, generally laughing about them after they happen.
If he were innately a below-average player, that would be one thing. But Yuni is so much better than this. That he doesn’t care should be earning him a one-way ticket to DFA land.
It was very apparent when Giles turned down a trade to a contender last year that all he was interested in was playing out the string and staying in his comfort zone. He’s got no fire, no competitve drive. Stick a fork in him – he’s done.