A couple of ex-Giants find new homes. Todd Greene gets a minor league contract and spring training invite from the Pads. I’ll miss watching Todd trying to leg out a triple on a ball that he whacked into ‘triples alley’. Slowest man alive, but in all in all he was a pretty good backup for the Giants hitting .289/.335/.428. To think he played some center field in college is boggling to the mind.
The Nationals sign Jerome Williams to a one year contract. Williams, who many loved as the next-great-thing, has struggled since he left the Giants. Compiling a ERA of 4.76 in AAA over 111 and 2/3 innings in 2006. Admittedly I like this move for the Nationals. J-Will is still young at 25 and has had success in his brief career. He still has a slim chance to be a effective pitcher. Coming back to the NL and pitching in RFK surely won’t hurt his chances either.
PECOTA projections are out for the 2007 season. If I could describe the Giants projections in one word I would say ‘Meh’. Zito’s projection looks very average for a NL pitcher and one glance at Bonds’ numbers make me feel a little queasy. Lets all hope that the Pedro Feliz offseason hitting program is actually kidnapping Albert Pujols and forcing him to play third base for the Giants.
Sammy Sosa worked out for the Rangers and will receive a incentive-laden minor league deal. Deal or No Deal Howie? I can’t imagine any team wanting Sosa near its clubhouse but Texas wants to roll the dice. Sosa has been out of baseball for over a year and looked completely awful with the Orioles. Just as a carnival side show, I really hope that Sosa somehow gets back into baseball.
Giants and the Fish still talking about a potential Benitez trade back to Florida. The only problem is that the Giants are asking for Taylor Tankersly who the Marlin’s don’t want to give up. Some believe that the Marlins would be more willing to part with Sergio Mitre or Yusmeiro Petit. I’ve written slightly about Petit on this blog and if the Giants could snag him in a deal for Armando I would be very happy. I would pass on Mitre. My favorite part about the linked article is where it calls Armando Benitez the “#1 Bullpen Target” for the Marlins. Heh, please-oh-god-please take Armando far away.