From the desk of Bruce Jenkins:
Alex Rodriguez is a great player. He'd just combine with Zito to suck up 50% of the payroll, and that's lunacy. I'm not opposed to a reasonable contract to see if Andruw Jones can still play, though I'm not sure what "reasonable" is for Jones. He's a weird case. Mike Lowell would be the best third baseman in the NL, or at least tied, if you use the right statistic for your argument (NbPF*), but he's hardly the centerpiece of a lineup, much less a rebuilding lineup.
Someone called KNBR this afternoon and said, "Hey, you know who we should spend Barry's salary on? Miguel Cabrera. He's a free agent, right?" That's the reason for the burgeoning "good riddance, Barry" sentiment; people really think there are good hitters who are worth the money and just waiting for the Giants to pay them. I'm not going to be so glib as to lump Magowan in with that group. But, well, yeah. The analogy isn't that strained.
There's going to be a big, big free agent mistake this winter. I'm a guessin' Andruw Jones will be here until 2013.
*Not being Pedro Feliz (adjusted for park). Lowell would currently be tied for first in the National League.