Archive for July, 2007
I don’t know. The Giants dumped Matt Morris, just as I said they would need to; but all they got was a 26-year old outfielder who just made the majors this season. Is that too old? Good question. For most of the last decade, that’s about how old Giants prospects have been by the time they make the bigs. He’s certainly not likely to be a Hall of Famer, but he actually knows how to get on base, he has speed, and, at 26, he immediately becomes one of the yongest players on the team.
I still think that we could have –and should have– gotten much more for him if we’d looked to move him about a month ago. Nonetheless, this is a step in the right direction.
UPDATE: A closer look at Rajai Davis is, well, not pretty. He’s the same age as Fred Lewis, and Lewis, as late as he’s come up, had completely out-performed him. Small sample size, to be sure, but we’re still talking about a couple of guys who’ve taken a long time to get out of the minors. If I had to take one over the other right now, Lewis is the guy, so much so that I can’t see this move as anything more than a salary dump. Davis better be a hell of an outfielder.
I’ll take a look at his minor league stats in the morning….
Bonds needs one more home run to tie Hank Aaron for the career record, after he hit his 754th in the first inning of last night’s 12-10 win over the Marlins. The other Barry continued on his path to a 15-loss season, and the rest of the Giants put together one of their patented “feast or famine” feasts at the plate.
Not much else to say….
Matt Cain’s continued struggles to find the plate combined with no offense led to a big fat bleh of a game last night. For the 400 media present in case Bonds made history, well, there must have been a lot of sleepy, fat men in front of laptops. I could hardly stay awake myself.
What a flat, hollow team these Giants are. They now have the fewest wins and the second most losses in all of baseball. They are 12th in the NL in runs scored, with 414, and they’ve allowed 425, good for 6th, but they have the 12th fewest strikeouts and the second most walks. What that means is simple; their offense is predictably bad, and they have not pitched nearly as well as their ERA would lead you to believe.
As much as you could say they’ve been unlucky –they should be near .500 according to their runs scored and allowed numbers– they’ve actually allowed fewer runs than they should have. They have kept the ball in the park, (allowing only 69 home runs when they probably should have allowed more like 90, based on their hits and fly balls allowed) but they’ve also given a huge number of free passes, so their innings seem to go on and on. This is the one part of Righetti’s approach that I can focus on:
He instructs them to go after people for the first three pitches, and then nibble. That is clear as day. The Giants pitching staff goes from 1-2 to 3-2 as often, and as fast, as any in the game. They never try and finish guys off, and I mean, never. That kind of approach is problematic. It means that, either Rags doesn’t think these guys have the stuff to finish guys off, or that they actually don’t. Oh, and I guess it could also mean that Rags is a lousy coach, with no idea what the hell he’s doing. Well, unless the goal is to prevent home runs, which they’ve done well. Of course, the end result is a lot of walks, a lot of long innings, and a lot of losses.
Either way, the team ERA is an illusion. Right now, this is a .400 team, and no amount of gloss can cover that up. It also means that, other than Lincecum (98 strikeouts and just 38 walks) and Sanchez (11.90 strikeouts per 9 IP), not one of these pitchers predicts to be much of a pitcher down the road. Matt Cain has now thrown 237 innings in the majors, and struck out 209 guys, while walking 106. That’s good, but certainly doesn’t translate into an ace. This isn’t a guy with stuff so good he can’t harness it, like a Randy Johnson or a Pedro or a Clemens. Baseball-Reference lists his ten most comparable players, and, other than Justin Verlander, it’s a bunch of nobodies.
And then there’s the other Barry.
Jeez, Louise, what a shitty season he’s had. 113 innings pitched, 78 strikeouts, 54 walks, a team-high 14 home runs allowed…. All in all, as bad a first season with a blockbuster contract as one could have possibly imagined. A lot has been made about his first inning problems, but it’s really just his first 15 pitches. In his first 15 pitches, he’s allowed a staggering 1.108 OPS, with 19 hits allowed. After that, he’s been a normal version of himself, but by then, he’s already down. Included in those 19 hits are 5 doubles and 4 home runs., which means that they’ve been getting on, and getting in. Allowing 9 RBI’s and 7 runs in your first fifteen pitches is absurd, and a recipe for losing, which is what he’s done.
And things are getting worse, not better.
April 3.73 ERA
May 4.62 ERA
June 5.60 ERA
July 6.75 ERA
That is one ugly trend. The league has figured him out, and he and Rags, whatever adjustments they’ve made, haven’t figured out the league.
…. Five weeks ago, it would have been tough to find anything about Morris that clubs could grumble about, other than his contract ($9.5 million next year, with a $9 million option or $1 million buyout for 2009). After his first 13 starts, he was 7-3, 2.56, and had given up more than three earned runs just once all year.
But in five starts since, Morris is 0-2 with an 8.13 ERA — the highest ERA of any NL starter who can match his innings pitched. So it’s obvious, says one scout, that “the wheels are starting to come off a little bit.” But for teams in a big ballpark (Dodgers, Padres, Braves, Mariners, etc.), he might still be a fit. At least, said an official of one club with a laugh, “He’s one of the best of the worst.”
At the time Morris was 7-3, the Giants were already showing signs of having no real chance to contend unless something was done to bolster the offense, which I first wrote about in May. By the time Morris started to slip, it was June, and we were in a tailspin. Strike while the iron is hot, was the gist of this post, on June 7th:
…. A qualified GM worth anything would be harrassing the shit out of Brian Cashman. We’ve got a surplus of the one thing the Yankees need, starting pitching. Matt Morris will, arguably, NEVER BE AS VALUABLE AS HE IS RIGHT NOW. Never again. Morris and a couple of prospects so that Cashman can get rid of a headache, and Sabean can save his job. They’re friends, from back in the day. Call him. Again and again. I’d call him five times a day, reading him the stories in the paper about how (A-Rod’s) teammates don’t respect him, don’t like him. About how he’s leaving at the end of the season. Shit, throw in Vizquel, since A-Rod would get to go back to short. It’s a match made in heaven.
At the time, A-Rod had gone from a 14 home run April to a 4 home run May, and the Yankees were absolutely desperate for a starter, having send Kie Igewa down, and were running out a couple of Double AA boneheads, who were unable to get out of the fourth inning. So now that Morris has lost a ton of value, and A-Rod is on his way to AL MVP, now, we’re gonna trade him? For who, exactly? What real, quality Triple AAA prospect do you think we’re gonna get for a 30-something, .500 pitcher who’s owed another $20 million or so?
Like I said, when the moves are made, we’re all gonna sit here and shake our heads.
UPDATE: Obsessive Compulsive addresses the Sabean signing/direction of the team:
…. I think firing Sabean would have been a knee-jerk reaction to a bad situation while ignoring the positives of our newly reconstructed pitching staff. What harm is there for another year or two of Sabean? At worse, we add a year or two of rebuilding, but that would have happened anyhow with any new GM we would have gotten in place. We need to see if he is headed in the right direction, just like we had to keep Ainsworth and Williams to see what direction they were headed, that’s the same principle governing why Sabean has kept Cain, Lowry, and Lincecum. With such potential to the strategy, we need to see it through.
In the post, he does a great job disecting the path the Brewers have taken to get where they are, but incorrectly says they were on a 15-year rebuilding project. Well, that’s not really accurate. The Brewers didn’t rebuild for fifteen years. They were run into the ground for most of a decade, while the Selig-led ownership team pocketed tens of millions of dollars in revenue sharing money. It was only during the last five or six years, after Selig was forced to divest interest in the team, did they begin to acquire MLB-quality draft picks and players.
No one is suggesting the Giants follow the same path as the Brewers, especially given the state of the Giants young pitching staff, which should be playoff ready in a year or two. What many people are suggesting, is that Sabean’s recent track record let’s us know that he is incapable of making the right decisions, of trading the right players and keeping the right ones, of analyzing the potential of other organizations talent versus his own; to lead the team through the next several years.
He is more likely to trade Morris for some journeyman outfielder than he is to find a gem in someone else’s organization. He is more likely to trade away another young pitcher for a backup first baseman than he is to land two speedy young prospects.
He is more likely to continue to derail the future of the organization than he is to get it back on track.
That’s what I’m saying.
If this is true, it’s utterly insane; and if it’s not, then it’s a disgrace for the NY Daily News to print it.
The grand jury investigating Barry Bonds has been extended for another six months, several sources familiar with the government’s case have told the Daily News, and the U.S. Attorney’s office in San Francisco is confident it will have enough evidence to secure an indictment once it resumes in September.
“They seem to feel they have a strong case,” said one source, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
That’s a fucking lie. Strong case? After four years of harrassment and leaks and innuendo and investigations and millions of dollars of taxpayers money wasted? NOW, they have a strong case?
IF. YOU. HAVE. A. STRONG. CASE. INDICT HIM!!!
You lying, sellout, disgraceful, shameful, grandstanding, dirty, rotten scoundrels…. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
Jay T. wants us all to play nice:
Can we all agree to stop re-hashing past deals, most of which have been bad?
Seriously, I think it’s pretty clear that whatever happened, it sure didn’t work out… isn’t it more interesting to discuss what future moves should be made, and what’s realistic?
Well, sure, I guess. But with Sabean still running the asylum, the conversation about what’s next seems pointless. That’s really what I’m trying to say. I can’t see what the point of running off a bunch of, “Maybe he’ll get so and so,” columns, when he seems to find players that are so out there, on the fringe of being completely out of the game, that we’ll never even come close.
Meanwhile, I have to read about how great Sabean is, what a dick Bonds is, on and on….
I can’t stand it.
The major media outlets have propagated three myths:
1. Sabean has been hamstrung by having Bonds
2. Sabean’s track record vis-a-vis trades and acquisitions is excellent
3. The Giants failure to develop even one single major-league hitter is not his fault
All of these items are not true. Yes, it’s not all his fault. There’s been some difficult decisions, and some bad luck –a lot of it against the Giants– no doubt. All true.
There’s also been an astounding number of simply indefensible choices that have been made, contracts signed and trades made and draft choices thrown away and on and on…. And he’s THE boss. Magowan’s the owner, but Sabean’s the baseball man.
So, really, why bother sitting here talkning about what’s next? I can almost guarantee it’ll be a move that defies belief, one that’s gonna make you say, “He did what?!”
Jon Heyman illustrates the distance between fact and fiction in today’s sportswriting world in this rumors column:
….Several readers took me to task for saying a couple weeks ago that Brian Sabean went 10 years without making a bad trade, and they were correct that I overstated his string of great deals. It was actually more like five or six years, which I still think is pretty good. And as several emailers pointed out, Sabean’s call to trade Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano and Boof Bonser for A.J. Pierzynski came in 2002, the Giants’ World Series year but also quite possibly the start of their slide.
In any case, I do believe Sabean’s streak was very impressive and also don’t believe it was my overstatement that caused Giants owner Peter Magowan to retain Sabean. I spoke to Magowan, one of baseball’s best and most accountable and reasonable owners, at the All-Star Game, and Magowan said at the time that Sabean was currently laying out his plan for the future. Magowan also said then that if Magowan determined he liked Sabean’s plan, he would be retained (but if he didn’t, he’d be looking for a new GM). By now of course, we know now he must have liked Sabean’s plan, as the Giants’ GM got a two-year extension.
Magowan told me he didn’t blame Sabean for the problems that have caused the Giants, a perennial winner, to fall on hard times the past couple of seasons. “I like our GM. He’s a good man … I think we’re all guilty, in retrospect, of putting too much emphasis on older veterans,” Magowan said. “What we need to do is rely more on our farm system than we did in the past.” Magowan pointed out that the farm system did produce a decent number of major leaguers. Although, he also conceded, “most of it’s pitching.”
In fact, just about all of the big leaguers they’ve developed are pitchers. The failing of the Giants — and this really isn’t Sabean’s fault other than he’s the boss of the scouting director and scouts — is that they haven’t produced any real offensive talent in recent years. And that’s a big failing.
Umm, Jon, are you fucking kidding somebody? Doesn’t SI have fact-checkers? Nathan was traded in the off-season, after he made 78 appearances for the Giants in 2003. And the Nathan trade was but one in a series of seemingly endless miscues by Sabean and his staff. 6 years without a bad trade? Huh?
Since the Jason Schmidt trade, the Giants have not made one single impact trade. Not one. Before Schmidt, it was the Matt Williams for Jeff Kent deal. Name one other trade from the last decade that could even be remotely considered a significant deal. ONE. You can’t.
On the other hand, how about we look at the acquisitions that Sabean has made?
Accardo for Hillebrand? Ainsworth for that shitty lefty…. Damian Moss, who went from the Giants to out-of-baseball in about fifteen minutes, just like ten or fifteen other players we’ve thrown money on the ground for this last decade. Matt Herges? Sidney Ponson? Ricky Ledee? Dave Burba? LaTroy Hawkins? Alex Sanchez? Michael Tucker? Dustin Hermanson? Wayne Franklin? Jeffrey Hammond?
How about the $40 million dollars the Giants paid to Robb Nen and Kirk Reuter for not pitching? The $12 million thrown on the ground in front of Marvin Benard? The $24 million burned in a campfire for Edgardo Alfonzo? The $18 million wasted on Matheny? The $40 million for ten years of the worst production at first base in all of baseball?
NEIFI –FUCKING– PEREZ!?!?!?!?!!
Are you out of your mind?
How about this absurdity:
“…. just about all of the big leaguers they’ve developed are pitchers. The failing of the Giants — and this really isn’t Sabean’s fault other than he’s the boss of the scouting director and scouts — is that they haven’t produced any real offensive talent in recent years.”
“This isn’t really Sabean’s fault other than he’s the boss of the scouting director and scouts….”
What? Did you write that when you were high? I mean, WHAT?!
“No real offensive talent in recent years?” Bill Meuller and Pedro Feliz are the only full-time position players to have come through the Giants system in TWO DECADES!!!!
With all due respect, that is some of the laziest, shittiest sportswriting I have ever seen. Why bother at all, if you’re gonna put out that kind of utter horsehit? “I spoke to Magowan….” Really? You talked to an owner? Wow.
Wondering if it was your writing that may have swayed the owner of a baseball team to re-sign his GM?! Are you serious? Your absurd, wrong, pointless fucking ramblings might have swayed Magowan, a self-made, multi-millionaire of a baseball team owner?!
THAT IS THE WORST PIECE OF SHIT I’VE EVER SEEN IN A MAJOR PUBLICATION. I know dozens of bloggers who would be embarrassed to write something so completely fucking worthless. You should be fired.
UPDATE: One of my readers offers these corrections to MY rant:
While you don’t have a staff of fact checkers, I still expect correct facts from you too, John. Accardo wasn’t traded for just Hillenbrad, we also got Chulk. Was it a a bad deal? Sure, it was a bad deal, just not as bad a deal as your incorrect facts imply. But, this wasn’t your only mistake or even your biggest mistake. You also mistated who we trade for Moss. It wasn’t Ainsworth. An injured and never to be the same again Ainsworth was traded with Moss to Baltimore for Ponson. It was Ortiz that was traded to Atlanta for Moss and Merkin Valdez. How a Giants Fan running a Giants Blog could make this mistake is beyond me. If you had correctly stated that we lost Ortiz and Ainsworth for 4 Months of Moss, 2 Months of Ponson, and Valdez this would have actually supported your case much better. But, you didn’t. You may have a logical basis to attack Heyman’s positon, but you sure can’t claim the high ground on the correct use of facts.
Sure, I was wrong about a couple of those, I was ranting. I also wasn’t claiming the “high ground.” I was ranting and raving that Heyman not only was wrong the first time he wrote about Sabean, he was also wrong the second time, on just about every fact he chose to highlight. I am a carpenter, who runs this site, and does all my research ALONE, after my real job. I don’t have fact-checkers, or interns, or an editor. I don’t have access to players, coaches, managers, owners. I don’t have access to the Sats, Inc. database that Heyman does, either. I am on the outside looking in, and sometimes I do get it wrong. I admit the mistake. So let’s not get too carried away, Gianstrainman.
The backtalk keeps on keeping on. I’ll just add some of the things that have been running around in my head….
I sometimes wonder if Sabean isn’t trying to prove that he’s smarter than all of us, by building a team that is, in essence, the exact opposite of what today’s “experts” say you are supposed to look for, hitters who can get on-base, and who aren’t obviously on the downside of their careers. The list of mediocrities that have worn the orange and black the last four seasons is simply beyond belief, and virtually all of them share two things, a sub .330 OBP, and an AARP card.
Besides the horrible free agents we’ve collected, since Sabean nabbed Schmidt from the Pirates, he hasn’t made one truly successful trade. The Double Play AJ deal will haunt the team for a decade. Jeremy Accardo for Shea Hillebrand? ‘Nuff said.
He (and Magowan) signed Felipe Alou after they decided that Dusty Baker was too good, and taking away too much credit from them. At the time, I thought he was the best of the known choices, but in hindsight; it’s clear that Alou cost the Giants dearly. He destroyed the careers of Kirk Reuter, Jesse Foppert, Kurt Ainsworth, Jerome Williams, and Jason Schmidt. Schmidt was probably the most costly. Schmidt’s never been the same after that 143-pitch, 17-strikeout, 1-hitter in May of 2004. That month, Schmidt started 5 games, went 47 innings, allowed 23 hits, had 54 strikeouts, and a 1.53 ERA. Since then, he’s had a monthly ERA below 3.00 just one single time, and he’s been on and off the DL constantly.
What Alou did to Reuter beggars belief. Everyone in baseball knew that Woody was a 100-pitch pitcher. Everyone. Everyone on the Giants did, too. Krukow talked about it all the time. Alou let him go 110-plus four times in the first half of ’04, including his second start of the season. During that stretch, Sabean was putting the final touches on Woody’s $18 million dollar extension –one that he wasn’t even up for, by the way– and when the dust settled, we had another player being paid millions of dollars to watch TV.
How about the two seasons the Giants paid Robb Nen to play golf? Who made the mistake of giving a 34-year old closer not one, but two player option years at the end of his contract? Who’s on the hook for that? How about the absurd $24 million dollar deal Sabean gave to JT –saves twenty games a year with his glove– Snow, one of the worst offensive players at his position for the duration of his career, a career in which the Giants overpaid him by about 50%? Who made that mistake?
How about the $27 million we gave to Moises Alou? The rap on Alou was that he was a formidable player when he was on the field, but he couldn’t stay on the field because he was too old. Sabean made him our starting right fielder and he played less than 220 games for us, because he couldn’t stay on the field due to the fact that he was too old.
Remember the Edgardo Alfonzo deal? 4 years, $24 million dollars for a player that the entire world of baseball knew was finished due to a lingering back injury. $24 million for a guy who failed to post a .400 slugging percentage during his three seasons here. Then we gave him away and ate the rest of his contract. And you know what’s funny? Alfonzo would be the second best hitter on the team if he was here right now. At least he knew how to work a walk.
Deivi Cruz, Michael Tucker, for crying out loud, the best signings Sabean’s made in the last four seasons are Kenny Lofton and Marquis Grissom. We got one good, solid season out of David Bell, and somehow avoided signing him to an albatross deal. But even that was five years ago.
I can’t stop writing about Neifi Perez, which had to be one of the absolute worst signings I can imagine. The only thing that Sabean has in his defense is that Perez is still in baseball; which means that he’s not the only GM stupid enough to think hustle and a good attitude deserves playing time.
The current state of baseball knowledge stands on the premise that on-base percentage and power are the most important attributes a hitter can have; and that strikeouts are the clearest indicator of a pitchers ability to succeed. It’s also clear –and has been for twenty years now– that 25-year old players are a better bet to improve than 35-year old players. Sabean appears to ignore all of this as he builds a team.
He even seems to ignore himself.
After telling us for years that Snow’s defense made him worth more than his offense said he was; he goes out and signs a 35-year old shortstop to play first. After telling us that Mike Matheny’s glove and game-calling skills made him valuable even though he couldn’t get on base 30% of the time; he goes out and signs one of the worst defensive catchers in the game.
I fail to see how any of these shortcomings are going to resolve themselves. I fail to see how Sabean could possibly right this ship. Unless the Giants get really, really lucky, they are going to be a really, really bad team, for a really, really long time. The sad part is that this was predictable, and preventable, I mean, I only wrote about it three years ago:
And another thing. I’ve said it before and it seems I need to say it again. Brian Sabean’s track record is about fifty-fifty. The simple fact that the Giants have had Barry Bonds being the single most productive player in the history of the game during the entire tenure of Brian Sabean cannot be discounted whenever Sabean’s winning percentage is touted as evidence of his greatness. Bonds’ overwhelming abilities have made every decision Sabean’s made look fantastic.
But the bottom line is that Sabean has made more than his share of bad decisions. JT Snow’s big contract was a predictably bad decision, as was Marvin Benard’s. These two contracts were so expensive, the Giants were unable to afford to keep Ellis Burks, someone who was like five times as valuable as Snow and Benard. The backloaded deal given to Robb Nen, the extension given to Kirk Rueter, I mean, these are expensive, costly mistakes.
The trades he’s made have turned out well in some cases, and really poorly in others. Many times I’ve read about how he bucked the trend in trading Matt Williams for Jeff Kent, but that deal, absent the sentiment, was an obvious upgrade for the Giants and could hardly be thought of as some sleight of hand. At the time of the deal, the 31-year old Williams had missed almost half of the teams games the previous two seasons, was due for a new contract, and was a huge risk for the kind of deal he was seeking. Kent, on the other hand, was younger and had a huge upside. This is the kind of deal a big-time GM makes to improve his team.
Anyone remember the next big-time trade the Giants have made? Who was the next younger better guy we got for a veteran in the decline phase of his career?
The next one was Schmidt, and that’s pretty much it.
Great start to the second half so far, no?
…. “We couldn’t have had a worse start than what we had and we know it,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “To get swept here at home … we’re better than this. There’s no way that should happen. “At this point, we keep fighting and, hopefully, you get ticked off and do something about it.”
Umm, Bruce…. You’re not better than this. This is how good you are. You suck.
…. The entire lineup managed one earned run in five innings against Brett Tomko, a former Giants starter with a 1-7 record and a 6.18 ERA heretofore.
See? You suck. This team you are trotting out there is garbage.
UPDATE: Joe Sheehan agrees with me:
…. Somehow, the idea has taken hold that Brian Sabean isn’t responsible for the state of the Giants, that it’s the need to keep Barry Bonds around that has tied his hands, as if having the only guy in baseball with a .500 OBP (offer not valid at the moment) hamstrings the team and the GM. Barry Bonds is a bargain at his current price, not just for business reasons but for baseball ones. The real problem is that Sabean’s decisions outside of keeping Bonds—especially this past winter—are the reasons why the Giants are awful.
…. Sabean brought in Rich Aurilia to play first base, for reasons passing understanding; he’s at .291 (OBP). He signed Bengie Molina to a three-year deal; he’s at .295. He gave Ray Durham, who’s 2006 screamed “late-career power fluke,” a two-year deal; .320. He signed Dave Roberts to a two-year deal; .304. He brought back Pedro Feliz, who’s just an awful player; .269.
The Giants are lousy because Brian Sabean built a team around Barry Bonds that had almost no choice but to fail. He valued service time more than he did getting on base, and for that, he has a .440 team and a new contract extension.
Yup. Thanks to Jim Adams for the tip.
Grant over at McCovey Chronicles puts the pedal to the metal about our new/same old GM. In the first post he reminds us of some of the stupid the things Sabean has said:
…. spreading payroll around might be what Sabean does worst. When you have a team like, oh, the Tigers did this offseason, maybe it makes sense to pursue free agents who are the Dr. Pepper to your farm system’s Dr. Skipper. Yeah, a good farm system should have three Michael Tucker-type players at hand at all times, but when a team is complete, it doesn’t hurt to pay a couple of million for the real Michael Tucker. But Sabean runs every team as if it’s a candle short of a birthday cake. The two biggest problems with the Giants in the post-Kent era:
1. The complete inability of the farm system to produce position players.
2. The inclination to go after two or three players with limited upside to fill out a roster instead of one player with All-Star upside and less-expensive filler.
This is the kind of quote you get when both of those points start necking:
If we had signed Guerrero or [Gary] Sheffield, we would have been without [Jim] Brower, [Scott] Eyre, [Matt] Herges, [Dustin] Hermanson, [Brett] Tomko, [A.J.] Pierzynski, Feliz, [J.T.] Snow, [Jeffrey] Hammonds, [Dustan] Mohr and Tucker — obviously not being able to field a competitive team, especially from an experience standpoint, given our level of spending.
In the other one, he outlines, in terrific detail, what he would want in a Giants GM. I won’t post the whole thing, you gotta go read it, but here’s the one line I like best:
…. Japanese relievers seem to kick all kinds of ass. The GM for the Giants should get some.
Meanwhile, the Chron byline reads:
Two-year deal will allow Giants’ GM to build a team without the anchor of Bonds
The anchor? The best player of all time has been an anchor? That’s some crack sportswriting, there. The anchor’s been the GM, who has seen all of his mistakes glossed over by the super production of the best player of all-time, who has traded for exactly one All Star in the last decade, who has developed exactly no full-time position players during his ten years at the helm, who has drafted exactly no hitters with any marketable skills, and who has signed one player after another to debilitating and financially irresponsible contracts. The anchor? Get a clue.