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.