Busy day today. The Giants put out a press release: they’ve signed Aaron Rowand to a five-year deal. The amount is $60MM, probably the low end of what we would’ve predicted. This still doesn’t seem logical for a team not expected to compete for at least two years, but the guy does have a career OPS over .800. I don’t hate the deal as much as some, though a lot can go wrong in five years.
The 30 year-old Rowand had one of his best years in ’07, hitting .309/.374/.515 while playing 161 games. It’s fair to say he’s a plus in the field as well.
The Giants’ 5th overall pick is protected, so the Phillies have to be a bit bummed. They’ll still get a couple of draft picks though.