The Giants severed ties with Dustan Mohr. Although Mohr’s OBP (.394) was third on the team, and he was both young and inexpensive, the team felt (inexplicably) that they needed to move forward without him.
…. assistant general manger Ned Colletti said the front office will continue to search for more experienced outfielders through trades and free agency. Colletti called the decision to “non-tender” Mohr one of the toughest calls the club has made over the past few years. Because the 28-year-old earned only $342,500 in 2004, money was not the overriding issue.
“He did a lot of good things for us, and he played hard and with a lot of energy,” Colletti said, “but this gives us a chance to look at other options.”
Um, yeah. What am I supposed to say about this? He probably could have been signed for $500,000 or so. Even if they get another veteran outfielder, he’d have been an excellent option off the bench. Is Tucker batting .600 in winter ball somewhere? Do Sabean and Colletti feel that there is just no way Grissom or Bonds could possibly miss any time?
Update: The boys at BP chime in on the Giants off-season moves to date in this Premium sunscriber article. They note that Matheny is hardly worth what the Giants are paying, particularly as the Giants have Torrealba, cheaper, younger, faster, Matheny’s equal with the glove, and certainly a better hitter. I can’t figure this team out right now.