What’s up Black N Orangeans?
Oh my Will (just a joke), it seems like after every move the Giants make this off season, there’s a siege of bloggers who are throwing temper tantrums like a 15 year old girl who got her Drake CD stolen. It’s ugly guys. It’s like the whole San Francisco Giants blogging community became ESPN in just a few weeks.When Pence got his contract? “Oh…that’s too much.” When Lincecum got his salary reduction?”Oh that’s still too much!” Tim Hudson? Not that much bellyaching but i’ve read,”Why spend that much on a 38 year old pitcher?” Javier Lopez? “Where spending too much on the same guys?” Vogie? “Oh My Gaawwwwwd! Why are we just signing the team we had last year!!!!”
As for me? I happen to think that Brian Sabean knows a hell of a lot more than any of you,…and maybe me too. Let’s take this from the top.
Hunter Pence (5 years $90 million). 2013 he established Career highs in Games played: 162, Hits: 178, Stolen bases: 22, HRs: 27 (in a very homer unfriendly ballpark). Not only that…who can really put a price point on sheer will? Will, desire, determination, attitude, toughness, a player who has the rare knowledge to know what it truly means to be part of a team, in the clubhouse and on the field. Hunter Pence has been the outfielder most sought after in free agency for the past three to four years. Why? Because no one thinks they can sign him in free agency. Sabean took care of that before it even happened. Pence does not deserve to be a journeyman outfielder, he’s the type of player you build a team around. It was never sentimental…just good business sense in being able to see the complete picture.
Tim Lincecum (2 years $35 million). Let’s forget for a second that…well…this is actually a pay cut of about 8 million dollars (over two years). Lets forget that in 7 years in the majors he’s a two time Cy Young award winner, a two time World Champion (playing major roles in both as a starter and a reliever), has been a major piece in this phenomenon known as the Resurgent San Francisco Giants franchise. Let’s forget he’s a 4 time All Star. Tim Lincecum is the enigma that 29 other teams in the MLB wish they had. Regardless of his issues the past two seasons (he had 13 losses and a 2.74 era in 2011. Let’s face it…no run support.), what other 2nd, or 3rd starter are you going to get for 2 years $35 million??? Ok now ask yourself, what other 2nd or 3rd starter are you going to get to replace Timmy that’s better on his worst day?? Don’t worry, i’ll wait…! Crickets? Ok, so Timmy has to pitch now. Who better to help Timmy remake himself than Rags? Don’t worry, I’ll wait…! My next question: knowing how well Timmy has performed in the post season would you want to get to the post season and not have him at your disposal? i see the lights coming on but i’m not done yet.
Tim Hudson (2 years 23 million). When’s the last time Tim Hudson had a losing season in Major League Baseball? You guys stew on that one for a second.
Javier Lopez (3 years $13 million) Surely you gest? 4 million a year for a left handed relief specialist. Javier Lopez has been getting the big outs since he stepped foot in San Francisco. If it aint broke don’t fix it.
Ryan Vogelsong (1 year $5 million plus incentives) 27-16 in the previous two years plus he was arguably our most reliable pitcher in the 2012 post season. He has an off year so let’s just scrap the guy altogether for some guy who may or may not prove worthy of the investment. That’s why none of us are GM’s.
Regarless of what anyone says…including me, no one can truly predict what will happen. Those who get it right are pretty lucky and they’re destined to get it wrong the next year. That’s why baseball is the game that it it. That’s why baseball can’t be lassoed and controlled. one minute you’re up three games to none the next you’re crying in the visitors dugout at ATT. That’s why I look at what happens in the Hot Stove league and try to see all angles, but know that what happens…happens. So give the guys who live and breathe it everyday the benefit of the doubt…which I know you won’t anyway.