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Monday, July 16, 2007

Time to Make a Deal

The Giants kicked off the un-official second half of their season much like they played the first half. The age on this team is really catching up with them. A few of the players on this team are on line to have their worst season in their careers, and if the Giant's brass haven't already written this season off, I think it's time to do so. This should be the first summer in over a decade where the Giants sell at the deadline rather than stand pat or add to their roster. I just wish they would have gotten to business a little bit earlier. I mentioned in a few posts back in early May that the Giants should seriously consider dealing Matt Morris at that point because of how well he was pitching. I wasn't the only one who felt this way. I knew it was only a matter of time before Morris came back to earth and now he's looking more like the Morris of 2006 than ever. I did see some reasons to keep Morris, he was the teams ace and seemed like the Giants would win every time he took the hill. But even those reasons can't outweigh the fact that starting pitching is where the Giants have the most depth and Morris was in a great position to be used as a bargaining chip. Maybe I had Morris overvalued, but there were whispers that teams like the Mets and Mariners had some interest and if there was anyway the Giants could have gotten a player like Lastings Milledge or Carlos Gomez and passed, then that would be a shame. Any value that Morris had has dissipated and it it won't come back. He has gone from a guy who could have possibly brought in a young everyday player, to a guy who may be able to bring in an above average, low level prospect. Another thing I could see coming and for some reason Brian Sabean and the brass couldn't. Now we get at least 2 more years with this same management.

Things have gotten so bad that even Barry Bonds, who hasn't shown much frustration throughout the ugly 38-51 start, had a melt down over the weekend after being shut down by Dodger pitching. Bonds is now mired in a 0-20 slump and really hasn't been himself for about 2 months. I was on vacation this weekend and didn't catch any of the games for the full 9 innings, but Barry looked tired and was looked real bad against mediocre guys like Brett Tomko and Joe Beimel. He blasted out at himself saying how disgusted he was in his own performance. The only thing I am wondering is what the hell took so long? Barry has been solid overall throughout the first half, but with the way his team has played and time running thin for his shot at a coveted world series ring, I would have thought I'd see more frustration and a lot earlier in the year than July 15th. I'd like to see some more players get angry with the way they have played and with teams' record. I hate to say it, but from the outside looking in, this squad seems very content with where there at.
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  • At 5:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    There is an outside shot that Bonds will not break the record this year. What would happen then? Would SF bring him back next year?

  • At 2:28 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    Not likely that he doesn't break the record this year. He's been in a slump, but if he gets hot (and he will again) he's capable of hitting 5 in a week. I don't think there is any chance he's back with the Giants next year. I think this is the winter they finally rebuild.

  • At 3:04 PM, Anonymous tyrone briggs said…

    You shall reap what you sow. The Giants designed this entire season simply to have Bonds wearing their uniform to break Aaron's record. Hope it was really worth prioritizing an individual record for the sake of the team's season.


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