Henry Schulman acts the puppet for the Giants in this little bit of revisionist history:
…. The same organization that gave Aubrey Huff 2/22 couldn’
t give Beltran 2/26, especially after giving away its top pitching prospect to get him in July?
It is a fair question that speaks to a disconnect between the faithful’s expectations and the team’s philosophy, so soon after a World Series championship and a year of 81 sellouts at AT&T Park.
This is not new. It actually began 15 years ago when Brian Sabean, just named GM, traded one of the game’s best hitters (Matt Williams) to Cleveland essentially for three players: second baseman Jeff Kent, shortstop Jose Vizacaino and pitcher Julian Tavarez, who actually was the key to the deal.
…. Sabean always has believed that it makes little sense to have one or two big players if the supporting cast is weak. He would rather own a room full of toys than one Xbox 360.
First of all, the Williams deal –which has to be considered one of the luckiest deal of the last two decades– has no connection whatsoever to trading one of the top pitching prospects in the organization for a two month rental. And it has no relevance when considering whether to trade more prospects to acquire a mediocre hitter and fielder, as opposed to just ponying up for a top of the line hitter that the team actually needs.
Schulman’s whitewash asks us to accept the premise that Sabean knows all, that he can see how every deal is going to work out, that he is always successful. None of those things are true. He’s been fleeced far more often than not over the last decade. Name the trade over the last five years that’s been a huge win for the Giants. If Wheeler is starting for the Mets this season, and winning, that’ll be the third big deal in a row where Sabean got his lunch handed to him.
Oh, and by the way, when Sabean had the one Xbox 360 –Bonds– the team contended for a title for basically fifteen straight years. If not for the Giants miracle run, coupled with the Padres staggering collapse in 2010, Sabean would be watching the playoffs on TV for the last 8 seasons.
Oh, and the losers, retreads and has-beens he’s been parading around dressed in orange and black aren’t toys. They’re lumps of coal.
…. I must admit I think folks are underestimating Cabrera’s potential impact. The guy did come to bat 706 times for Kansas City last year and hit .305/.340/.470 with 18 home runs from the second spot in the order and playing 81 home games in a pitchers’ park. An outlier year? Kind of
hard to say that when the guy is supposed to be 27 years old.
Wow. Sabean couldn’t have said it better. Of course, that’s a line of bullshit a mile deep. You wanna know what Cabrera’s gonna bring to the team? 500 outs, that’s what. FIVE. HUNDRED. OUTS.