Found November 27, 2011 on
SF Giants Nirvana:
Last Year the Washington Nationals surprised everybody by signing Free Agent OF Jayson Werth to a 7 year $126 Million contract. While Werth had a disappointing debut in Washington, the Nationals front office did do a good job of structuring his contract in a unique way that could have benefitted the Giants with Reyes.
In the offseason, the common refrain was that the Giants couldn’t afford to add a $15 Million plus player into the payroll. Whether that is true or not-and the use of couldn’t versus wouldn’t is certainly debateable-the common theme was that the Giants payroll wasn’t expected to climb that much higher than it was last year. This would seemingly put them out of the market for Reyes-as well as guys like Jimmy Rollins. However, had the Giants staggered the contract like the Nationals did with Werth’s, they could’ve found away to add arguably the most exciting player in the game to the top of their line up. That is because last year Jayson Werth made just $10 million and next year will make $13 million before increasing to $16 million in 2013 and $20 million or higher through 2017.
If the Giants had done this with Reyes, paying him above average, but not elite money until the albatrosses of Aaron Rowand and Barry Zito are off the books, and then increasing his salary the Giants could have potentially found a way to substantially improve their team without dipping too far into Larry Baer and Co’s rainy day fund.
BEST OF MAXIM
I already reviewed Pablo Sandoval‘s season, but here’s a look at the rest of the infielders; most of them didn’t accumulate many plate appearances with the Giants throughout the season, whether because of injury or because they were with a different team for most of the year. None of them, unfortunately, had anything near the kind of success that Pablo had in 2011. So it goes…...
The Giants have reportedly rejected a blockbuster trade offer by the Yankees that would have included (from left to right) Montero, Swisher and Cain.
According to Mike Silva’s NY Baseball Digest, the New York Yankees offered the Giants a boatload of talented players in exchange for starting pitcher Matt Cain.
The Giants have reportedly rejected the blockbuster proposal.
It’s the offseason. That means hot stove rumors. That means prospect rankings. And that means projections. Bill James’ projections, which he publishes in his yearly handbook, were added to Fangraphs player pages about a week ago. As far as I know, they’re not all published in one place, so it’s hard to just look at all the Giants’ projections unless you want to dig through...
The Nationals have re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com (via Twitter). The move was first reported by El Universal (Spanish link).
Maldonado, 32, hit .234/.361/.342 in 38 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season. The veteran also spent four games on the Nats' varsity squad in 2011. Maldonado has been with Washington since signing with...
(All entries courtesy nationalpastime.com)
1955: Monte Irvin’s tenure with the Giants ends as the former Negro League standout is claimed in the Rule V draft by the Cubs. The future Hall-of-Famer will retire after one year in Chicago, finishing his brief eight-year career with a with a .293 batting average.
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Chili Davis will be reunited with A's skipper (and former Giants teammate), Bob Melvin.
Former San Francisco Giants catcher Bob Melvin has hired former Giants outfielder Chili Davis as his new hitting coach in Oakland, according to Red Sox reporter Maureen Mullen.
Davis, 51, was the hitting coach for Boston’s Triple-A team in 2010-’11.
Davis and Melvin played together in...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Bob Melvin and Chili Davis have remained close friends since their days as teammates with the San Francisco Giants as young major leaguers.
Long before Tim Lincecum, the Giants had a can't-miss pitching prospect, one who seemed sure to burst into the majors and be in charge for a long time. It just took a little longer for Bill Bordley. At 53, he finally...