The Giants have done nothing to improve their sub-.500 team since the season ended, but at least they’ve gotten a little luck, as craptacular starter Estaban Loaiza decided he’d rather be in green and gold. Thank God.
Loaiza got lucky a couple of years ago and won 20 games; last season he was the beneficiary of the Nationals tremendous pitching-depressing ballpark, and now he’s gonna make about the same amount of money Armando Benitez will over the next three seasons. He’s a bum, an expensive Tomko, and he would have killed the Giants efforts to stabilize their starters.
Matt Morris is still in play, (Hooray!), but that’s all Giants fans are gonna get, as far as I can tell, so once again; expect a marginal season filled with lots of surprising injuries; long, long slumps from overworked 40-year olds; and the teeny, tiny possibility of a championship.
If I were Bonds, and I really felt that I could make it through 130 or so games, I’d give back the $18 million I’m set to make this season so the team could sign a couple of real (i.e., young) ballplayers, because 2006 is gonna be more of 2003 and 2004; 200 walks followed by about the same number of double plays.
UPDATE: No sooner do I finally take the time to rip Sabean for sitting on his hands, he goes out and surprises me by bringing back reliever Tim Worrell. I have to admit, even though Worrell is another 38-year old, he’s been very effective over the last four or five seasons. He would have been a lifesaver last season, and should add some much-needed stability to the bullpen.