Found November 09, 2011 on
SF Giants Nirvana:
Via Jon Heyman:
Willie Bloomquist has offers from #dbacks, #sfgiants. ties to AZ may give dbacks edge
Bloomquist, 33, is a career .264/.317/.337 hitter, and beyond the ability to play nearly ever position, he has little to offer. Even though he is pretty versatile — a classic utility player — he’s not much of a defensive asset anywhere. He’s racked up a grand total of 1.6 rWAR (and 1.3 fWAR) in his career.
It also appears that the Giants will in fact go with Brandon Crawford as the starting shortstop, and simply shop for a backup this offseason. That would make a lot of sense for the team, particularly if they can find a bat that complements Crawford. I think they should consider Clint Barmes: he can hit lefties (career .793 OPS v. LHPs), and he’s a solid defensive shortstop. If he can be had at a relatively cheap price, he’s definitely worth pursuing.That’d certainly be a better solution than overpaying Jimmy Rollins with a five-year deal.
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A tweet this morning by Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman indicates that the San Francisco Giants are close to signing free agent outfielder Willie Bloomquist.
MLB Trade Rumors mentioned Bloomquist, 33, as a possible target for the Giants yesterday, and mentioned that the Arizona Diamondbacks (where the utility man played last year) “had a miscommunication” over the weekend....
Per Nick Piecoro:
Sources say utility man Willie Bloomquist had a two-year offer from the Giants worth more than the $3.8M he took to stay in Arizona.
Absolutely ridiculous. This is a guy that’s been worth $4MM over his entire ten-year career, according to Fangraphs’ estimates. What were they thinking?!
It’s been reported by Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (via twitter) that the San Francisco Giants offered Willie Bloomquist a two-year deal (more than $3.8 million) before he re-signed with the D-Backs. Which means Bloomquist took less money to stay in Arizona.
The G-Men are looking for a fallback guy for shortstop Brandon Crawford, says Andrew Baggarly (via twitter). Baggarly...
Willie Bloomquist and the Diamondbacks agreed late Tuesday night to a two-year, $3.8 million deal that will keep the veteran utility man with the team.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with infielder Willie Bloomquist on a two-year contract, according to D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Towers.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed infielder Willie Bloomquist to a two-year, $3.8 million deal.
The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms with infielder Willie Bloomquist on a two-year contract Wednesday.
Contributor Chris Cwik elaborates on his post from Thursday regarding the Marlins’ free-agent spending power and also gives his expert opinion on whether or not Arizona’s recent signings of Willie Bloomquist and John McDonald more or less assure the D-backs of a World Series. (Answer: they don’t. At all.) Also discussed: recent weight gain by the host,...
The search for a competent shortstop, or as it’s being known right now, not-Brandon-Crawford, continued yesterday with rumors flying every which way. When the news broke that Willie Bloomquist had re-signed with the Diamondbacks, we all thought nothing of it. Then some disturbing rumors began to surface. Per Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Giants were ready to offer Bloomquist...
The Diamondbacks reached a two-year agreement worth $3.8MM with utility man Willie Bloomquist, tweets Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. Peter Gammons was first to report the deal.