I thought this site could use a bit of optimism regarding our long term future. I was just taking part in the ESPN.MLB poll about which first baseman (not named Albert) will command a higher salary after the 2011 season. I voted Ryan Howard out of the available choices of him, Adrian Gonzales and Fielder. I think all were good choices but I think that Howard coming from a high exposure team, winning an MVP or two, and having average defense is a good choice to lock up ridiculous amounts of bread. But that got me thinking...
Will the Giants make a move for any of those guys (Pujols exempt)? Which got me thinking further... Besides the two worst contracts in baseball (Zito and Rowand) who do the Giants have on their payroll already locked up for the 2012 season? I found this: http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=t4r9nky1EouVJsFXQlv3FKQ&output=html
I was SHOCKED at how much freedom the Giants have on their payroll after this year. Sure, I know Lincecum is going to command some hefty arbitration money or avoid it and get an awesome extension... That's a good thing. And I know things will get tricky with Cain, Sandoval, and Sanchez in the near future. But besides Zito and Rowand, no one is ruining our team next year. Renteria will be bought out for $500,000. DeRosa will be on there for $6,000,000 which isn't terrible.
How did this happen? Did Sabean purposefully set up the payroll so that in 2011-2012 there was little dead weight? Look at all the talent on the books due for arbitration in 2012!
The way things are looking I think Adrian Gonzales could potentially be in a Giants uniform in 2012 or earlier (trades).
Lincecum, Cain, Bumgarner (?), Sanchez, Posey (?), Panda, Adrian Gonzales, WIlson, Romo, Runzler... That's a mighty fine looking 2012 team.
Let the shredding apart of my optimism begin: