More disappointing news from the Giants, as Sabean apparently has no intention of changing his stripes:
…. Major-league sources said Tuesday the Giants are negotiating with (Juan) Pierre, who had 204 hits, 156 of them singles, and stole 58 bases in 78 attempts for the Cubs in 2006.
…. The club remains in contact with Gary Matthews Jr., Dave Roberts and Jay Payton as it tries to fill what it considers a pressing need: a leadoff-hitting center fielder.
More “veterans.” Great.
Pierre is a slap-singles only hitter, a leadoff man who scored but 87 runs in over 700 plate appearances, with just 32 walks in 699 at-bats. And he’ll probably command something in the $6 million-plus per year range.
UPDATE: Please tell me the rumors about Pierre getting $10 million per aren’t true? Because at anything resembling that level, we damn sure better be thinking about landing a real player, like Soriano.
UPDATE: Well, OK. Here’s a story suggesting that the Giants are interested in Soriano, although reading through the piece, I get the feeling we’re not really interested enough to make the big splash:
…. If these potent players actually command deals that they reportedly are seeking, $80 million over six years for Lee and $120 million over seven for Soriano, the Giants’ chances decrease, for even with his satchel of cash heavier than before, general manager Brian Sabean must spread it around to as many as seven position players while fortifying the bullpen and rotation.
Also mentioned in the article was a preliminary dialogue with Ted Lilly, (an adequate fourth starter, really), who’s said to be looking for 4-years, $35 million dollar. Unbelievable. That would mean Schmidt should be able to get part ownership with some clubs.