The perfect complement to Pablo Sandoval. The offense wouldn't suck. He would get on base, and hit for power. He would be the most interesting man in the world. OK, enough tangent time.
But oh, Brian Sabean, why not?
Here are Player A's stats for the 2008 season: .236/.386/.513, 40 HRs, 100 RBI, .899 OPS
Player A has hit exactly 40 HRs in each of his past 4 seasons. Player A was ages 25-28 in those seasons, and became a free agent after the 2008 season. He was most certainly a "veteran" player who plays in one of the Giant's weakest positions, who were coming off one of the worst offensive season's in the franchises history. Yet somehow he went to a team with a $60 million payroll instead of a team that desperately needed him. What did he sign for? 2 yrs/$20 million. The Giants certainly could have matched that, especially with their payroll. (Let's get this straight: The Giants are NOT a small market team. Spending $90-95 million for this year would certainly not have hurt) Adam Dunn has burned the Giants FO by posting a stellar line of .282/.415/.568, 35 HRs, 92 RBIs, .983 OPS. If Adam Dunn were a Giant this year, there would be much less complaining about the lack of offense, and the Giants might be atop the division.
All this being said, I still feel the pains of the FO deciding to go off on a "Let's try and give the Dodgers a scare by saying that we're pursuing Manny" instead of seeing the optimal player for their team. In comparable terms, he is the ultimate form of John Bowker. A guy that walks, hits for power, and is a middle of the lineup threat. Yes, he strikes out, but who is gonna care is he gets on base at a .415 clip?
In the meantime, good win Giants, but I'm still gonna sit here and think about where we could be with Adam Dunn in LF. Unfortunately, this is the closest he came to becoming a Giant: