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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Winn extended through '09

Randy Winn became the first of this current Giants group to get a contract running into the 2009 season on Monday. Winn was an absolute stud for the Giants after the July trade that brought him from the Seattle Mariners for Jesse Foppert and Yorvet Torrealba. At the time, a lot of people wondered if Sabean had made another panic move in a season that was all but lost. Jesse Fopper had been one of the Giants top prospects for years, but injuries and emergences from Noah Lowrey and Brad Hennessey made him expendable. Winn quieted the critics by hitting over .350 with the Giants with 14 home runs and a handfull of stolen bases in about 2 months time. Felipe has already stated that Winn will be leading off to begin the season, putting Ray Durham in the 3rd spot. I like the idea of Durham hitting 6th rather than 3rd, but since Niekro and Feliz are on the corners, they will be occupying the bottom of the order. Hopefully Feliz or Niekro magically figure out how to hit righties this season they could get more power in the middle of the line-up. Bonds is Bonds, but the projected 3&5 hitters for the Giants totalled 31 home runs and a whopping 125 RBI's between the two. That production needs to increase big time, or else Bonds may only get 200-250 ab's this season due to walking 50% of the time.

Spring games kick off thursday and I should be back to discuss the Thursday match-up as my next post. Looks like Noah Lowrey is getting the ball and will be followed by Brad Hennessey, Tim Worrell and Jack Taschner. Alou also said Benitez may see an inning Thursday. The WBC is also right around the corner and those games should get interesting. It looks like the Dominican and the US are the most stocked teams. Due to all the withdraw's from the U.S. team, I am going to pick the Dominican to pull this thing out. The U.S. has a stocked Bullpen, but an injured Jake Peavey, rusty Roger Clemens, Dontrelle Willis, and C.C. Sabathia are holding down the starting jobs. I think the U.S. could have formed a stronger rotation. I like Willis and Clemens deserves it, but if Peavey is hurt, he should be replaced, and C.C. Sabathia? Has he even been an all-star yet. Where's Randy Johnson, Roy Oswalt and Mark Buerhle? The line-up could have been a lot better as well, although it was helped out tremendously by landing Alex Rodriguiz.


This is one of the funniest things I've seen. Very nice to see Barry loose, maybe a little too lose. Barry Bonds, Jeff Fassero and Ray Durham where the judges to the Giants rookie American Idol competition, apparantly Bonds is representing Paula Abdul. Anyways, looks like Barry hasn't lost too much weight, contrary to what steroid accusers where hoping for. And too all the people that say Barry is hated by his teammates, looks to me like the Giants clubhouse is very, very loose and comfortable this spring.
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1 Comments:

  • At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good Blog Trevor.. been following your write ups a bit here. Hennessey had a nice showing for his first ST game this year... I like Lowry, but I sure hope he can get his pitches to come around earlier this year. My prediction.. Cain.. Cy Young.. it's the only one I'm making this year.. well maybe not Cy.. but I have a gut feeling that he is going to have a VERY strong season. We'll see. All in all we look a lot better this year.. but where does Sweeney fit in? Or is he just trade bait? I also wish we had dumped Feliz, but you can't get all your wishes in one season eh?
    keep up the good work and thank you. Sean D

     

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