The annual tradition is back for the first time! The Giants will certainly make a free agent mistake soon, and the following rankings are an attempt to determine which mistake is the likeliest. This is not for wagering purposes, though what I don't know doesn't hurt me.
And I'm not really in an especially bad or cynical mood today, but grumpy and cynical is all this idea seems to evoke....
- Jermaine Dye -- OF -- (No change)
Still the reigning champ. He's from the Bay Area, he's a veteran, he seems like a good player if you're only interested in HR and RBI, and the argument against him is based in advanced statistical measures. What's not for Sabean to like?
- Ivan Rodriguez -- C -- ↑
A true slugger and middle-of-the-order force! I'm sure that if he were to hit only for a mediocre batting average, there's no way he'd start over Posey, right? Right? He's a fast riser.
- Johnny Damon -- OF -- ↓
He's still a good hitter, so he might be the most palatable player on this list, but he's basically Fred Lewis with more power and better stage presence, so it'll be a shame to watch him get a 2/$24M contract and Lewis traded for a PTBNL.
- Xavier Nady -- OF -- ↑
Another guy with local ties, poor defense, and multiple warning signs. It's been a while since the Giants had a player they could call "X-Man." Dax Jones, we hardly knew ye.
- Rafael Betancourt -- RP -- ↑
He's only scary because he'd give the Giants' first-round pick to the. The Giants were linked to him based on quality fifth-hand information, so he's a fast riser.
- Miguel Tejada -- SS/3B -- ↓
If the idea were to sign the rangeless Tejada to a short-term deal to replace the rangeless Renteria, I'd be all for the move, especially if it came with a doesn't think that Sabean has ever been interested.signing. I'm pretty sure, though, the idea is to sign Tejada to a multi-year deal to play third while keeping Renteria right where he is. Fortunately, Extra Baggs
- Jason Kendall -- C -- ↑
A fast riser because he'd play 150 games and lead off when Velez doesn't start. Bochy would lock himself in the bathroom and write Kendall's name onto a lineup card even during off days.
- Hank Blalock -- 3B? -- ↓
Clank whiff clank whiff whiff hack flail whiff clank double. He just might turn into the next George Brett, though, so I'm a holdin' onto his rookie cards just in case. Still, I haven't heard his name connected with the Giants much, so he's dropping like a stone. It's probably the left-handed thing that's scaring the Giants away, which is probably a legit thing to watch out for.
- Marlon Byrd -- OF -- ↓
Like Blalock, he hasn't come up much in recent Giants-related rumors, so he drops. It would be a perfect, perfect Sabean move though. There's no way Sabean would have given a 28-year-old Byrd a chance when the outfielder was free. That would be as crazy as...as...givinga chance! Just nutty. Nope, Sabean prefers to wait until the free and available talent is established, on the decline, and expensive. And, saaaaay, is that a .329 on-base percentage? Hawt.
- Jason Bay -- OF -- ↓
The future DH is too expensive. Rumor has it he might even want Rowand money.
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