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Friday, December 07, 2007

Lots of Talk, Little Action at the Meetings

The Winter Meetings came and went with very little action to speak of on the Giants' front. A ton of talk and rumors, but no moves materialized. The Giants did however offer Pedro Feliz arbitration and unless he gets his coveted 3 year offer from some team, it looks like he will accept arbitration and return to the Giants for yet another season. The Giants just can't seem to get rid of this guy. Now they have filled up a spot where they had a chance to improve at. Without having 3rd base as an option to acquire a bat, it also increases the chances of a Tim Lincecum/Alex Rios trade (which is still on the table) or a Noah Lowry/Hideki Matsui trade. This offseason is slowly getting worse as it moves along. At this point, Sabean should just hold onto his pieces and try his best to fix the bullpen. They're building around their starting pitching and the best way they can help that this winter is to add arms to the bullpen. Remember all those games that Matt Cain ended up losing or getting no decisions for because of the faulty bullpen? Rebuilding the offense isn't a realistic possibility this winter, but fixing the bullpen is. Why Sabean constantly continues to avoid fixing it is beyond me. There are still some decent relievers available who could come in and be upgrades. Jeremy Affeldt, Luis Vizcaino, Eric Gagne, Shawn Chacon and Ron Mahay are guys that could help this team. I'd take Affeldt and Vizcaino over Taschner and Chulk in a heartbeat.

I was just watching some extended video of Kosuke Fukudome for the first time and I wouldn't be opposed to see Sabean push hard after him. I didn't want to see the Giants dip too heavily into free agency this winter, but Fukudome is starting to make some sense. He's got lightning-quick bat speed, and although he's not real big, it's easy to see how he generates power. He's not going to be as dominant of a hitter in America that he was in Japan, but in AT&T, with his style of game, could still do well in the extra base hit department. I could see him hitting well over .300 with 20 homers and 40-50 doubles while providing gold glove caliber defense in right. He also appears to be a real patient hitter, and hits well to all fields. Some scouts say he will turn out similar to Aki Iwamura from the Devil Rays, who showed good contact but very little power in his first season in the US. He reminds me a little more of Hideki Matsui because of his bat speed, plus he's bigger and stronger than Iwamura. The Giants were said to be one of the top 3 or 4 teams in pursuit of Fukudome during the week in Nashville. If they could get him for a 3 year $35-40 million deal, it might not be that bad of a risk. It would beat trading away one of the franchises' cornerstone arms for a bat. He and Mike Lamb are the only free agent position players who I'd consider signing at this point. I'd look to Lamb only as a fallback if Feliz declines and they can't pull off a deal for a guy like Joe Crede or Edwin Encarnacion.
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10 Comments:

  • At 3:02 PM, Anonymous sfgiantsfanatic said…

    I'm glad they've held onto Lowry and Lincecum so far. Feliz again??? NO!!!
    Fukudome seems iteresting but I don't know if I'd put big money into him. 3 yr. deal wouldn't be all that bad though.

     
  • At 5:15 PM, Anonymous Tyrone Briggs said…

    I gotta know what happened to Balco's massage chair in the clubhouse.

     
  • At 6:22 PM, Blogger Ethan Michaels said…

    If any of you have some free time, please check out this article I wrote on Jon Lester. I’m hoping for some feedback from fans who don’t like the Red Sox. Thanks for your time.

    http://modernrooters.blogspot.com/

     
  • At 2:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Feliz declined Arbitration. I cannot believe the news. Looks like we may have a new 3bmen after all.

     
  • At 3:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    thank goodness no more pedro! im big on fukudome, he'd be a good right fielder, he gets on base and has some speed. and you dont have to part with an arm. love to see them pick up cantu to play 3rd also, and try to deal sanchez or hennessey for a 1b, then dump the excess (roberts, aurilia, durham) for any relief help they could get.
    1. davis/winn cf
    2. winn/lewis lf
    3. fukudome rf
    4. wily mo pena?/nick johnson?/dan johnson?/sexon 1b
    5. molina c
    6. cantu 3b
    7. frandsen 2b
    8. omar ss

    rotation- cain, zito, lincecum, lowry, correia
    pen-walker, kline, mahay?,
    closer-wilson

     
  • At 3:06 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    It's not official that Feliz is gone. He just declined arbitration, meaning he didn't want to return to the Giants on a 1 yr. deal. With the new rules, he can still negotiate with the Giants even after declining arb. He could be back after all. Hold your breath..

     
  • At 3:19 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

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  • At 3:20 PM, Anonymous jBill81 said…

    looks like K.F.'s top bidders are Chicago and San Diego, according to rotowire.

     
  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    Nick Johnson could be an intriguing name to watch. He missed all last year w/ a broken leg, but should be healthy by spring. Washington already has Dmitri Young under contract and playing well there. I'm sure Johnson could be had. His health issues are always there, but I'd be all for them taking a shot at him, if he's ready to go by spring and if they didn't have to part with much. He is an all-star caliber 1b'men when healthy and he's still under 30.

     
  • At 12:41 AM, Anonymous GSWHOOPS said…

    I've heard Tadhito Iguchi as a possibility at 3rd? I would rather just give Frandsen a shot.

     

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