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The Giants Really Want a Centerfielder

And you know, if I had just given Steve Finley 429 at-bats, I would too!

Apparently the Giants have offered identical 3-year, $30M deals to Juan Pierre and Gary Matthews Jr.  Both would appear to be a little young to fit in to the Giants clubhouse, but then again, so is Kevin Frandsen, and they haven't buried him yet.  $10M per year seems to be the market value for Matthews right now, which--to me, anyway--is complete insanity. 

It's true that Matthews had a fantastic season in Arlington--.313/.371/.495, to be precise--but it's also true that he was 31, and his career numbers are a much more 4th-OF friendly .263/.336/.419.  It's always possible that he really didn't learn how to play baseball at a new level after his 30th birthday, but...$10 million for a guy with a strong possibility to be below league average?  Most amazing to me is this: Rotoworld speculates that Matthews could get some four-year offers.

Pierre may not be worth $10M/year either, but he is a bit younger, and Brian Sabean can't be deluding himself too much about what he might get.  Pierre has been very consistent, largely injury free, and he'll probably keep stealing lots of bases through the length of that contract.

In other Giants news: Ray Durham wants $18 million over 2 years, and the Giants "haven't closed the door" on that.  However, Frandsen has gone crazy in winter ball, so the Giants could give him the starting job and let Durham look elsehwhere.  If they pass on Durham, that makes it more likely they'll bring back Rich Aurilia; both the Giants and Yankees want Aurilia and are offering multiyear deals.  The deal could be done this weekend.

By Jeff Sackmann

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I will cry if the Giants sign Pierre or Matthew for that kind of money.

That wouldn't even make sense for a team that WASNT already paying Randy Winn $7-8 mil a year.

I wish they would use that kind of money to re-sign Durham & Schmitty.

Matthews seems to be due to regress a bit so his 30 million a year is too generous. However, the market seems to be willing to pay him too much.
Pierre would be a better fit for the Giants. He's quick, under 35, consistent, and healthy.
The Giants have so many holes i dont see them signing Dave Roberts. Plus he is better suited for a team like the Dodgers who have other outfielders to give him rest and keep him healthy.

Speaking of... if the Dodgers cant trade for V. Wells or C. Crawford, Roberts might be a good signing since we have the OF rather full of young guys.

Apparently Roberts' asking price is $15M over 3 years. Age aside, how can ANY team prefer Pierre at double the price?

True story bobo, they are basically the same player. Pierre will get payed by somebody though

This is CLASSIC Brian Sabean, overpay for "veteran" players. All this talk of getting younger and faster is a mirage the Giants are putting up. They've been interested in who? Suppan, Mathews Jr., Pierre(a bit younger and certainly faster), Bonds, and they've talked to Schmidt and Durham. They'd LOVE to re-sign Bonds, Durham, even Alou and Schmidt. The OBSESSION Sabean has with Feliz is laughable, he's like Monroe or Thames or Inge of the Tigers, .250-.270 hitter with mistake pitch power. I wouldn't be absolutely shocked if the Giants don't re-sign Feliz but I'd be surprised. This is the same GM that kept giving Jason Ellison a chance(maybe the worst defensive CF I've ever seen). They could leave Winn playing CF, let Linden get his chance in RF, re-sign Bonds or leave him be and sign Carlos Lee. There OF would be fine(don't confuse that with great or very good). Let Fransden(who just killed AFL) and showed talent this year in limited action in the Majors play 2B. Dump Niekro(another bust Sabean stayed in love with far too long). This off-season for the Giants is simply going to prove how horrible Sabean is at keeping his minor league system stocked and knowing which young players to hold onto. He either needs to start trusting his scouting department or higher someone else to run there department.

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