The Giants have brought back Ray Durham to play second base. Durham, who had his best offensive season last year, nets a 2 year deal worth 14-15 mil. I was hoping that Kevin Frandsen would get a shot to be the starting second basemen but lets face it, the Giants lineup in its current state needs some pop. If Durham can stay healthy he should do well over the next two years. Frandsen is most likely going to find himself in the utility role for next year. I have to admit that I am somewhat surprised that Durham is only getting 7-8 mil per season in this deal.
On the surface I like this deal and think that Sabean has done an adequate job. The length and price seem just about right. The only thing that worries me is that Durham is getting older and his hamstrings are more similar to brittle rubber bands these days than anything else. My other hope is that this is a sign that Pedro Feliz isn’t coming back. Though I haven’t completely ruled that thought out because we still need a first basemen and Pedro has played first before.
- Tampa Bay likes to play Haad! The D-Rays sign our old pal Yamid Haad to a minor league deal with a invite to spring training. We’ll never forget his awesome run of going 2 for 28 when he was called up for the Giants.
- Continuing with the catcher theme, the Giants are also talking to catcher Bengie Molina. Molina has really declined defensively over the last couple of years but posted a career high 19 home runs in 2006.