It seems to me that there may not be a GM in baseball that is better at keeping his dealings secret than one, Brain Sabean. I can think of a few examples of when the Giants were not even mentioned in obtaining a player on the block or on the market, and then the Giants nail him. Joe Carter, Moises Alou, Mike Matheny... These were all good moves, in my opinion. And more importantly, I didn't know they were coming.
This winter has been extremely calm. It could be because other GMs are jacking Sabean off with Cabrera/Rios type Lincecum-Fantasy trades, or because Sabean is up to his usual tricks of pulling off a major deal or two under the radar.
Sabes has had to put up with some pretty nasty hate mail from the McCoven in the past year or more (mostly warranted), but I have always liked the guy. I think he may be a little behind the times, but for awhile, I don't think anyone was better at putting decent talent and chemistry* together to make contenders.
(*I mean really... the last time I saw a franchise with more over-the-hill black guys was the Globe Trotters)
If Sabean can put together a trade, or free-agent deal that is under the radar, and mixes well with a rebuilding mentality maybe he can secure his spot for another few years. Or maybe he'll do the same, out-dated BS he's done for the last 4. I don't know... but from the calm on the waters we're feeling as a Giants nation, I think Sabean is due to make some viscious waves.
p.s.: How did you guys like my attempt at Passan's high-school-like use of metaphors there?