Oh, that Giants.
Ken Rosethal tweets:
You can scroll down for my take on Guillen or read it right here. It hasn’t changed.
* Jose Guillen, OF – I love the idea of picking up an outfielder and moving Huff back to 1B. It improves the overall defense and it should keep Huff fresh. However, Jose Guillen is not the outfielder you are looking for. Guillen has had a resurgent year at the plate (.347 wOBA) after posting a .304 wOBA in an injury plagued 2009 campaign. Despite advanced medical skills, Guillen isn’t a good bet to actually help the Giants. Never a strong fielder, Guillen is more of a DH these days. He’s unlikely to be an upgrade over Burrell and he’ll cost prospects in a trade. Mega-pass on Guillen.
So, yeah. The Giants just traded for Jose Guillen. You’ll also be happy to know that since I posted that quote, Guillen’s wOBA has dropped to .325 — so most of the luster is gone. Unless you’re into dingers and RBIs, then if so, great move! Also, I know that our outfield has rated quite well this year, but remove Andres Torres from the mix and we’ve got Pat Burrell, Aaron Rowand, Jose Guillen, and Aubrey Huff as the primary “defenders” in the outfield. That’s just a tad bit scary.
If Guillen takes on any role that’s larger than pinch-hitting, this becomes terrible news. No word on who the Giants are sending to the Royals.
Sounds like the player will be a PTBNL. The bigger news is this…
Bruce Bochy confirms Guillen will be the everyday RF and Aubrey Huff will play 1b. #sfgiants
That’s from Jeff Fletcher’s twitter feed. To put it bluntly, the Giants made themselves worse today. Andres Torres is an amazing CF, but playing him between Burrell and Jose Guillen is almost criminal. There’s nothing about this move that makes a lick of sense. Consider this for a second: Torres’ hamstrings kept him out of the lineup yesterday, if he misses time, the Giants OF defense becomes Burrell – Rowand – Guillen. That’s … um … very bad.
That sound you just heard is the pitching staff’s ERA rising.