Giants exec talks about Manny

| February 4, 2009

This courtesy of XM Radio. Bobby Evans, the Giants’ newly promoted VP of player personnel, spoke to XM’s Joe Castellano this afternoon, about Mr. Ramirez:

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Don’t get excited Giants fans

| February 3, 2009

You may have seen the news today that Manny Ramirez turned down the Dodgers’ one-year, $25 million offer and you may be thinking: “Perfect, Manny will sign with the Giants!”

Not likely.
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Free agent frenzy coming?

| February 2, 2009

Buckle up, baseball fans, because I think we’re going to be in for a wild couple of weeks. It’s Feb. 2 and there are still dozens of free agents left on the market, including marquee names like Manny Ramirez, Adam Dunn, Bobby Abreu, Orlando Cabrera, Orlando Hudson and Ben Sheets.

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Giants sign Juan Uribe

| January 29, 2009

They inked the 29-year old infielder to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.pUribe hit .247 with seven homers and 40 RBIs for the White Sox last season.

Uribe plays second, third and short so I’m guessing he has a shot at a super utility role, although that seemed like Kevin Frandsen’s job.

Will the Thrill or Barry?

| January 29, 2009

While I believe it’s common knowledge that the Giants drafted Barry Bonds out of high school, failing to sign him and letting him go to Arizona State, I think most people don’t realize that the Giants had another shot at Bonds after his junior year at ASU… and passed on him.

To take Will Clark.

Yes, the Giants picked Clark with the No. 2 overall pick in the 1985 draft, while Bonds waited until the Pirates grabbed him at No. 6.

So I submit this question to Giants Nation: Do you wish the Giants would have taken Bonds instead of Clark in 1985? How do you think Giants history may have turned out differently?

Since this is sort of an essay question, if you have a really long answer you might want to type it up in another program then cut-and-paste it into the comments box here, so it doesn’t get eaten.

Breaking down Bobby Abreu

| January 28, 2009

The days are counting down to the start of spring training, and the Giants remain without a middle-of-the-order threat while there are three big ones sitting on the free-agent market.

While the whole world has weighed the pros and cons of Manny Ramirez, and we got into an Adam Dunn discussion here a while back, not much has been said about Bobby Abreu.

So let’s take a look at what Abreu brings to the table, and whether he’d be a good acquisition, now that his price might have dropped to under $10 million a year. Chump change, right?

Abreu is going to be 35 in a few weeks (older than Dunn, but younger than Manny). Last year he hit .296 with 20 homers and 100 RBIs for the Yankees. He had an OPS of .843. (The Giants haven’t had an everyday player with an OPS over .800, other than Barry Bonds, in the past two years.)

Of course, Abreu has warts, just like the other guys. He’s fairly awful in the outfield. (He and Dunn ranked as two of the three worst outfielders in the majors according to this, while Randy Winn was one of the best.) He’s also a left-handed hitter, so AT&T Park’s right-center field gap could be his worst nightmare, offensively and defensively.

All things considered, it seems like Abreu is probably not a good fit for the Giants, which is probably why, until now, you haven’t read anything about him coming to the Giants. So that was pretty much a waste of time. As I’ve said before, though, blogs are all about wasting time (especially baseball blogs in January).

Now, get back to work before the boss sees what you’re reading.

More Will Clark

| January 28, 2009

Clark is going to be doing a job like J.T. Snow, helping on the field and in the community. As for the ratio, Bill Neukom said that’s to be determined:

“If you ask me to guess how much time and energy he’ll spend in the community with fans vs. with our ballplayers, it might be two-thirds community and fan base and one-third baseball, but we’ll learn as we go and adjust accordingly.”
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