*From Peter Gammons, "don't be surprised if they have another young pitcher in their bullpen -- left-hander Francisco Liriano.
"He gets it up there at 97, and the way he slings it makes him really tough on lefties," says one scout. "He and Santana are going to be something for years in their rotation, but he could be devastating this fall out of the pen.""
I don't completely fault Sabean for this horribly lopsided trade as it was defensible at the time but it sure would be nice to have Liriano in our pen with Nathan closing out games and Benitez's money going somewhere else.
I'm truly amazed however that the Giants were so willing to suffer all they did with Nathan and then part with him just as he was returning to form.
*I'm really hoping that the 2001 draft becomes an absolute goldmine for the Giants; Henessey, Lowry, Linden (1076 OPS) and Foppert (and maybe even Munter).