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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Beltran Leaves SF for New Champs

It amazes me that the Brian Sabean felt that Beltran's demands were un-reasonable and counted themselves out of the race so early, because I think the Cards just got themselves the steal of the winter. One the Giants will be kicking themselves for come next season!

Seems like teams that won Sereis' the previous season really get to Beltran, as he signs a 2 year, $26 million deal with St. Louis. He'll be their new right fielder, shifting Lance Berkman to first in Albert Pujols former spot. Certainly not going to fill Pujols' shoes, but this move makes the Cards legit World Series contenders again. Brings me back to my original thinking though, and I've been saying it all offseason, the Giants can afford Beltran, they need Beltran, but there must have been something there that turned one off to the other. Either Beltran didn't like the way the Giants management dealt with him or the Giants didn't like Beltran's nonchalant attitude, but it doesn't seem right they couldn't match or better that offer the Cards just gave him to keep #15 in the Giants outfield. A Beltran-Pagan-Cabrera outfield would have been much more fun to watch, but it looks like we'll indeed be relegated to the Cabrera-Pagan-Schierholtz/Huff rotation and that's not how champions operate, I'm sorry to say. I don't have anything else to really say about this move, I obviously thought Beltran was well worth the gamble and it will suck when he hits .310 with 25 homers and 100 RBI in St. Louis next season (I know, they have a better park to hit at, just saying). Rough day for the Giants. There just simply isn't anyone else out there that has that kind of impact. Cody Ross is looking mighty fine right about now!

The Giants have now given away their top starting pitching prospect, who's moving along quite nicely in NY have you, for a guy they just lost and won't even get compensation for. What a shame! Maybe they should just sign Oswalt or Vazquez (I'm sure he'd pitch in SF for a year) for the fifth spot and just pray to score 1-2 runs per night, cause that's what we're looking at folks!
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7 Comments:

  • At 7:33 PM, Anonymous Section138 said…

    This is total BS... Giants are such cheap bastards. Almost makes me wanna quit my season tickets. If they ever get rid of Panda or Timmy, I'm done.

     
  • At 11:28 PM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    Totally disappointed that the Giants let Beltran go to the Cards. The ownership's plan is obviously to stand pat and hope that this "lineup" can show marginal run improvement support to keep the turnstiles moving and keep the park full, while hoping to cash out Zito and Rowand and wait until next year to try and contend again. Lincecum and Cain should walk after this poor off season, why would they want to sit thru another season of no run support, especially when that was the "priority" to fix.

     
  • At 10:10 AM, Blogger Trevor Cole said…

    What surprises me the most is that he got just 2 years and about $25M... Again, I think someone pissed someone off in regards to Beltran and the Giants' Brass.

    For the amount of upgrade he'd bring to the lineup, $12.5 mill is a bargain and management will find that out come April!

    Zach Wheeler for.....FREE!

    No reason they should have traded for Beltran unless they "knew" they were keeping him beyond this year, especially when they had to give up Wheeler. They already had Buster and Freddy out and they were winning w/o him.

    Hopefully this is eating at Sabean like it is us!

     
  • At 11:17 AM, Anonymous J-Bill said…

    This signings sounds like its bugging everyone.

    I don't know. I didn't really want Beltran, but he did make the most sense for 1 or 2 seasons and thats what he got. I wanted them to get Willingham for 2 years and sign a good shortstop, but instead, we get Pagan and Cabrera, identical switch hitting Andres Torres like players. One has a little more pop, ones a little faster.

    Damn Giants baseball, it's torture!

     
  • At 8:26 PM, Anonymous giantsguy said…

    They don't have many good minor league players anyhow do they? Why not make a trade and get a hitter? They seem to prefer that method this winter and it's not like they can give up another Wheeler. I assume Brown would be off the table though.

    Ok, I keep hearing these names like Alhire Adriana (sp) and Francisco Peguero and these guys like they are can't miss prospects but when exactly are they going to even make it to AA or AAA. We have these guys in like Rookie ball and single-A who may not even do anything at upper levels. If you can deal an unsure prospect like Adriana and Peguero and get a good bat, like Quentin or Upton or Abreu or whoever else can hit the ball out and help the o, then do it! Sick of losing 2-1 when our pitchers are so good!

     
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