Since we are at the midway point of the year, I thought it'd be interesting to take the group's temperature with regards to tire-kicker extraordinaire, GM Brian Sabean. As everyone knows, he is in the final year of his contract and I'm curious to know if the group favors his return or not. So far the team has exceed expectations (and statistical evidence) with their success, which may or may not continue.
Sabean has a long track record with the team, but let's take a quick review of the notable moves made this past off-season:
- Signed Jeremy Affeldt to a two-year, $8MM contract: His best move by far. Affeldt has been lights out pretty much all year.
-Signed Justin Miller to a minor league contract: Very solid move. Miller has been really good when needed to eat up innings (not often, I know)
-Signed Randy Johnson to a one-year, $8MM contract: I'd say this was a good signing as well. Struggled early but seemed to find a good groove before the injury. If he can come back healthy and pitch like he was before he got hurt this will be a solid move.
-Signed Edgar Renteria to a two-year, $18.5MM contract: A good idea executed horribly. Not sure if Sabean misread Renteria's remaining talent or the FA market, but either way this was a big mistake.
-Signed Bob Howry to a one-year, $2.75MM contract: So-so. Howry hasn't been the 8th inning guy that was expected but I don't think he's been as bad as some think. I think it has more to do with pretty much everyone in the bullpen being so good that Howry looks bad by comparison.
-Singed Juan Uribe to a minor league contract: This has to be viewed as a success as well. Very low risk move that has worked out. Would much rather have him as a bench guy instead of the starting 2B but don't think Frandsen will get a chance to take over the job full time. Not sure if that's on Bochy or Sabean.
-Signed Rich Aurilla to a minor league contract: He's done, unfortunately Sabean and the front office won't pull the plug. Signing wasn't bad but the fact that he made the team was and still is bad, which is Sabean's fault.
-Released Dave Roberts: A lot of us didn't think the team or Sabean would be willing to make this move but they did. Thank god.
The Giants have also had two strong draft classes (not counting this year's, too early to tell) that have helped replenish the farm system and he hasn't traded any of the prospects away for old guys (so far. I hope I don't jinx things before the trade deadline). The other big move I think deserves some consideration is Rowand's signing. This is tough to judge since he's been their 2nd best hitter this year but when it's all said and done I'd expect to be a bad but not terrible signing.
I do not blame him for Zito's contract. I will go to my grave believing that was Magowan's decision unless some evidence proves otherwise. Also, I don't think stuff such as the Michael Tucker signing should be considered. He hasn't done anything recently THAT stupid so it seems he's learned from his ways. Everything we discuss here could greatly change if he makes a huge trade at the deadline, but from all the chatter it seems it will be a quiet deadline.
So what does the group think? Any other factors that weren't discussed that you think should weigh in the decision? Do your feeling on the matter depend on how the team finishes the season?