So the Giants have finally made a free agent splash, just not the kind that makes any sense. By signing the 37-year old Omar Vizquel to an amazingly generous, three-year, $12.25 million dollar deal, Brian Sabean has again demonstrated that he is the only person in the game who recognizes that baseball players don’t grow old, they only grow better. After the disastrous Neifi Perez deal, Sabean decided that two years for a washed up shortstop wasn’t enough. No, he wanted to make sure that the team was hamstrung for an extra year with this next deal.
Seriously, what the hell is going on with Sabean? Why would Deivi Cruz be unable to handle 130 or so games at short?
Vizquel is 37 and Cruz is 32. Their career OPS averages are almost identical. The Giants need to get younger and faster at virtually every position, and more importantly, they need pitching, pitching and more pitching, especially relievers. Instead, Sabean has thrown an additional $3 million dollars at shortstop, a position that the team has already adressed for the bargain price of $800,000. Once again, we can go through an off-season in which team after team signs free agent superstars, while we can read about how the Giants cannot afford to pick up a real baseball player at any position that they really need.