Posted By Jeff Fletcher on February 26, 2009 3:19 pm
Reading some of the comments in this thread, I came to the conclusion that a lot of Giants fans are unhappy that GM Brian Sabean didn’t go out and get an upgrade at one of the corner infield spots. Funny, because it seems to me that a lot of other people used to complain that Sabean never gave the Giants young players a chance to play before replacing them with some stop-gap veteran.
So which is it?
I see why you are torn on this issue. On one hand, the young players the Giants have don’t seem like future All-Stars. On the other hand, the players that were available from elsewhere (Joe Crede, Ty Wigginton, etc.) came with baggage of their own. Other than signing Mark Teixeira, I don’t think there was a move Sabean could make with the infield that was good for the Giants in the present and future.
Given the choice between questionable veterans and questionable young players, I think it’s right to go with the young players. They are cheaper and they have more upside.
Travis Ishikawa is probably not going to hit .300 with 25 homers, but he might. You never know unless you throw him out there and see what he can do. Frankly, it’s better to just keep running through Ortmeiers, Bowkers and Ishikawas until you find someone than it is to stick some old crusty veteran out there.
The crummy National League West is also partly responsible for the Giants dilemma. It would be a lot easier to stomach a rebuilding effort if there were a powerhouse team in the division. As it is, the division stinks so much that simply getting to 85 wins might be enough to reach October. But do you want to build a team to win 85 games? No, you want to build a team to win 100 games.
And you don’t do that with Ty Wigginton.