At first glance, the similarities between Andres Torres and Angel Pagan are striking; both are switch-hitters; both have primarily played center field in their careers; and both were non-tender candidates coming off down years. Pagan really seems like a near identical version of Torres without the amazing defense. In center field, over his career, Pagan rates at -2.7 runs by… Read more →
Knee-jerk, engage. * Chris Haft: Giants might be eyeing OF Ludwick, or vice-versa I think a wise man once said, “The Giants sure do love veteran hitters.” You’ll probably remember Ryan Ludwick from his 2008 with the St. Louis Cardinals, a year in which he was truly great — batting .299/.375/.591 (150 OPS+). However, two things are working against Ludwick these… Read more →
A recurring topic this offseason has been the Giants’ search for a qualified shortstop, whether it be a permanent solution or a stop-gap player. We’ve written a lot of posts on the Giants and their problems with short. In 2011 we saw the collapse of Miguel Tejada’s career; and, we also probably saw the collapse of Orlando Cabrera’s career. Both… Read more →
So the Giants are interested in super-low-OBP, pretty good glove, terrible hitter, Alex Gonzalez. That, in and of itself, isn’t overly surprising or shocking. However, checking out Alex Gonzalez’s Baseball-Reference page led me to this: Alex Gonzalez’s most similar player is … Alex Gonzalez.
Go listen to my terrible voice on the Curse of Benitez podcast. We talk ZiPS, Brandon Belt, Melky Cabrera (the creepy one), and a bunch of other Giants stuff. Go ahead, click, listen.
This is one of my favorite nerd days of the year. Go check out the latest ZiPS at Baseball Think Factory, courtesy of Dan Szymborksi. Quick thoughts: The best starting lineup by position players is — OPS+ scores in parentheses — 3B Sandoval (127), 1B Belt (121), C Posey (116), RF Melky Cabrera (106), LF Huff (103), CF Gary Brown… Read more →
File this under not-too-surprising. The Giants executed a pair of long-anticipated moves Tuesday by extending the contracts of general manager Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy through 2013 with club options for 2014. “Brian and Bruce are certainly two of the finest professionals at their respective positions in all of baseball,” Baer said in a statement. “They have effectively built… Read more →
The Giants are in the middle of a wild offseason. For the most part, prices are high, and teams are paying top dollar for non-elite talent. We’ve seen Mark Ellis, Jamey Carroll, Bruce Chen, and Rod Barajas all get deals that, at least in my opinion, are a little shocking. At the moment, baseball seems flush with cash and in… Read more →
Sometimes, when I’m feeling saucy, I like to peruse the Giants Inbox. It’s a semi-regular send-in-your-question type column on SFGiants.com that features team beat-writer, Chris Haft. Chris gets to answer all sorts of questions from regular fans like you and me. Questions such as: “Is Melky Cabrera any good?” or “Is Nate Schierholtz’s defense underrated?” or whatever. Generally it’s pretty… Read more →
The deals that have already been made: * Willie Bloomquist: two years, $3.8M, signed with Arizona Diamondbacks * Mark Ellis: two years, $8.75M, signed with Los Angeles Dodgers * Jamey Carroll: two years, $6.75M, signed with Minnesota Twins Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins are obviously still the top free agents to get if you need help at shortstop, but even… Read more →