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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Colleti to the Dodgers-Giants make offer to Morris

Sorry for the long break between posts, I will try to be more frequent, but I've had a busy past 2 weeks. Obviously Giants fans know that Ned Colletti is now bleeding Dodger blue, and Scott Eyre will not return to the Giants, he now bleeds Cub blue. However, the Giants do have an offer on the table for right-handed starting pitcher Matt Morris. The offer is said to be a 3 year deal worth about 24 million dollars. I have stated before that I would like to have Morris on the team, but giving him 8 million a year is a little risky. He has had some injuries in his past and he did wear down a little towards the end of last season. I would try to offer him more along the lines of 6 million a year especially if we can't find a taker for Alfonzo. The Giants already have over 60 million locked up for next years payroll and they have about 15 roster spots open and now Sabean is missing his right hand man (Colletti). Maybe it's a blessing in disguise. The Giants didn't win any championships with Ned Colletti in the front office. Maybe now Sabean will change his philisophy a little bit. Maybe instead of signing the 35 year-old veteran, they may take a chance on a 24 year-old youngster. I find it funny how LA earlier interviewed Ron Wotus for the managerial opening, and later give their GM opening to Ned Colletti. I don't like it how rival's have such easy access to each other's employee's. I hope Colletti doesn't know the Giants whole game plan for this winter, but I guarantee you he has an idea. I wonder if his closeness with the Giants played into him getting the Dodgers job. Either way, I wish him good luck, but his team to suffer. He did help bring in some players that were key to the Giants success over the last 8 years. I believe he was the one that worked out the Reggie Sanders and David Bell deals, the same year the Giants went to the series. See ya Ned, hopefully next post there will be some actuall player news to talk about rather then all this speculation. On the baseball front in general, I hate to see the Marlins conduct their second fire-sale in less then a decade. They have already traded Beckett, Lowell and Delgado. Who knows how much longer Juan Pierre or Luis Castillo will be in South Beach? This team may only have Dontrell Willis and Miguel Cabrera to show from their championship team from just 2 seasons ago.
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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Interest in Morris and Sweeney

The Giants apparantly have contacted agent Barry Axelrod about free-agent pitcher Matt Morris and 1st baseman/outfielder Mike Sweeney. The Giants like doing business with Axelrod, and hate working with Scott Boras who represents most this years big name free agents. I would love to see Morris signed to be a #2 or #3 behind Schmidt and Lowry. I'd definetly take him over Paul Byrd. Estaban Loiaza is another starter not represented by Boras, and I think he might even be better and cheaper then Morris. As I've said before, I'd be happy with a rotation of: Schmidt-Lowrey-(Washburn, Morris, Loiaza)-Cain-Hennessey. Sure we'd all like to have A.J. Burnett, but the Giants aren't going to spend 10 million on another pitcher. Loiaza is a bit older, but I bet would come cheaper. I really hope Mike Sweeney isn't the Giants "left-handed bat" they've been talking about for months now. Sweeney is essentially a more versatile J.T. Snow without the defense at first. He'd be nice off the bench, but the Giants would likely count on him for 300-400 ab's and I don't think thats such a good idea. Darryl Ward is a younger guy with some pop who may be in the Giants price range. Rather see Ward than Sweeney. Ward would be a perfect guy to spell Barry Bonds 1-2 times a week. Other than than that, there hasn't been much talk regarding the Giants and player movement.

The teams first draft pick of the 2005 amateur draft, Ben Copeland has looked pretty good between the Arizona Fall League and the Northwestern League. The Giants are raving about his speed and defense, and he hit .317 with 5 home runs. This kid could start as high as AA coming up this season and he was drafted in June, guys like that are ones that get to the big leagues early and do damage. Not saying Copeland is the next Grady Sizemore, but we could start hearing his name more and more and depending on his progress, he could be up as early as September.
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Monday, November 07, 2005

Sabean Should be Re-Evaluated: Solid Play Early For the Warriors

Theo Epstien recently resigned as the General Manager of the Boston Red Sox due to complications with team owner Larry Luccino. Giants fans may remember a few years back when Brian Sabean's name was mentioned in regards to the Red Sox GM position. Sabean is a native of New England and he's said before that he wouldn't mind going back east. At the same time, he's still under contract with the Giants and as far as I've heard, Boston hasn't contacted the San Francisco Giants regarding Sabean. I like what Sabean has done with this club throughout his tenure here up to a point, but I think it may be time to move in a different direction. Sabean tends to try and build his team with veteran players who have had success, but have their best years behind them. This is understandable to an extent because they have Barry Bonds and want to win now, but ever since the Kenny Lofton trade in '02, the guy has tryed to put a cast of over-the-hill veterans around Barry. Yes they have been competetitive for the last decade or so, but who gets rings, or hangs banner's just for being competetive? I don't really know if Brian Sabean is that GM that is going to bring us the tools for a championship. Maybe the Giants should think about his style and realize that with Barry on his way out, this team needs to start going after young players on the up rather then the Vizquels and Alou's who are on their way out. As of right now our avgerage age of our position players is over 35. Randy Winn, at the moment, is our youngest everyday player and he's 31. Overall, my 2 biggest pet peaves with Sabean is his willingness to give out multi-year deals to 35+ year olds, and his over-estimation of their durabilty/ability.

23 year-old second basemen Kevin Frandsen (above) is on the fast track to the big leagues as he hit over .350 in 20 games at Fresno last season and is now tearing up the Arizona Fall League. With the brittle Ray Durham under contract for 1 more year, Frandsen should get a solid oppurtuinity to establish himself next season as the successor to Durham.

The baseball off-season has yet to get started, and with the Niners and Raiders a mess right now, the hot topic in the Bay Area is the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are off to a nice 2-1 start and have showed shades of brilliance. Baron Davis has had a slight run in with his hamstring, but only missed a game and then returned to practically single handedly beat the New York Knicks at the Garden. The Warriors were down 5 with about 8 minutes to play with Davis on the bench. Davis then returns for the remainder and the Warriors run away with it. It's not only the talent that Davis brings to the court when he's out there, it's also the confidence he instills in the other players on the floor. Him and Jason Richardson are both excelling together and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see both representing the Western Conference in the All-Star game. I can't wait untill Ike Diogu gets going. Micheal Pietrus also is becoming a major factor as he scored 20 points in 20 minutes off the bench vs. Utah.
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