Hey, it looks like the Giants offered Rich Aurilia a minor league deal similar to the one that Juan Uribe got. Fringe utility middle infielders? Gotta catch’em all.
For now, one development to share: Sabean said the Giants made Rich Aurilia an offer for a non-guaranteed contract similar to what they gave Juan Uribe ($1 million if he makes the team, plus incentives).
Interesting. As much as I love Rich — He was a Good Giant(tm) — and his ability to hit LHP, I like Uribe’s positional flexibility a little more. Also, according to Baggs, the Phillies are interested in Aurilia. I’m really not sure how deep the Phillies are at second base, but Aurilia could see some playing time there during Chase Utley’s recovery from hip surgery. Aurilia has played 106 career games at second base and could probably do well enough there as a temporary starter.
Staying in the infield, the Giants have also offered Joe Crede a 1-year deal. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed, but Crede is apparently — hold off on your laughter — looking for a $7M deal.
The CBS television affiliate in San Francisco reported on Saturday that Crede had received the offer, but did not go into contract details. Club officials could not be reached for comment, but there was no mention of an offer when general manager Brian Sabean talked to reporters during the Giants’ KNBR/Giants FanFest at AT&T Park.
Also, you’ve got to love Scott Boras and the things he says:
Joe Crede is seeking a base salary of closer to $7 million than $5 million, which could decrease the likelihood that the free agent third baseman lands with the Twins, the Star Tribune has learned.
This is in a market that may barely pay Adam Dun $7M per season. Honestly, I’m not shocked to see the Giants hit on Crede just a little. He’s got obvious ties with the Giants — Uribe, Rowand, and Ron Schueler — and I’m pretty sure that the team isn’t so comfortable with the idea of Pablo Sandoval playing over 100 games at third base in the major leagues.
Fun Fact: BB-Ref has Sandoval listed at 5’11″ and 245lbs. How many players with the same build — 5’11″ or less and 245lbs or more — have played at least 20 career games at third base?
Though, I’m guessing that Miguel Cabrera might have came close to qualifying when he played third base. BB-Ref apparently hasn’t updated it’s player information for Miggy since 2003 as he’s listed at a laughable 185lbs — ESPN has him at 240 as does MLB.com. The point is that for player comps based on height and weight, you just don’t find 5’11″ 245lb guys playing much third base. Ever. In the history of baseball. And don’t forget that while Cabrera did play third base when he was larger, he was pretty brutal at times.
And finally, Andrew Baggarly has a really nice recap of Sabean’s State of the Team.
This question in particular shows why Crede might be on the G’s radar:
I asked Sabean about Sandoval’s defense at third. Sabean said he wasn’t concerned about the youngster’s ability to catch and throw. They’re unsure how much range he’ll have, though. And if it leaves something to be desired, that could lead to a greater concern: His lack of knowledge about major league hitters, and therefore, his relative inexperience positioning himself from pitch to pitch.
Great stuff from Baggs. Pitchers and catchers report in just three days. Yes.
e: Ken Rosethal is reporting that Aurila has agreed to return to the Giants on a minor league deal. I’m not sure what to think. Do the Giants have the guts to actually send him to AAA to start the season if they have to? And if he makes the team, do they have the guts to not start him? H/T to Waxpack!