Giants Designate Aaron Rowand For Assignment

Aaron Rowand's Giants tenure has come to a close.  The team designated the outfielder for assignment today, reports Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News.  The Giants cleaned house, also designating Miguel Tejada this morning.  GM Brian Sabean says he'll try to trade both players.

Rowand, 34, hit .233/.274/.347 in 351 plate appearances this year, playing center and left field.  GM Brian Sabean signed Rowand to a five-year, $60MM deal in December of 2007.  Cutting him now means eating $1.8MM in salary this year and $12MM for 2012.  The 2007-08 offseason was chock full of bad contracts, including Alex Rodriguez, Carlos Silva, Francisco Cordero, Andruw Jones, Jose Guillen, Luis Castillo, Scott Linebrink, Kaz Matsui, Geoff Jenkins, and David Riske.

Rowand was signed following a strong 2007 season for the Phillies (6.0 WAR), but he ended up hitting .253/.310/.394 in 509 games over four seasons for the Giants.  His defense, at least, was generally graded as a positive by UZR.


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82 Comments on "Giants Designate Aaron Rowand For Assignment"


Isaac
4 years 2 days ago

Good job giants

4 years 2 days ago

That’s… interesting. He’s not been terrible enough to warrant a DFA.

4 years 2 days ago

His .621 OPS begs to differ.

Beatofficer
4 years 2 days ago

Hopefully I’ll never have to see his terrible batting stance ever again.

4 years 2 days ago

He always looks like he’s about to fall on his back.

HummBaby
4 years 2 days ago

Many callers have said he looks like he’s about to use the toilet….in as clean a way of describing it as possible

Tko11
Tko11
4 years 1 day ago

Jeff Bagwell

alexchicago14
4 years 2 days ago

I always thought he looked like a robot with that stance.

Wilsonl
4 years 2 days ago

Yay!

4 years 2 days ago

Why DFA anyone right before call-ups, especially when they are owed so much?

Lastings
4 years 2 days ago

Because they want to clear spots on the 40 man for guys that aren’t currently on the 40 man, and that are worth a look during the final month. Rowand became useless to the Giants well over a season ago, no bother in hanging on to him at this point. He has to be paid anyway. Better he isn’t taking away playing time from someone that could make a positive impact on the team in the future.

4 years 2 days ago

That makes sense and all, if the Giants are raising the white flag on 2011 that is. 

Otherwise, I agree with the OP, why DFA a veteran when you are still theoretically in the hunt for a playoff spot?

Whole_New_World
4 years 2 days ago

Because

1. Rowand (and Tejada) are of no use to the Giants if, miracle, they make the playoffs.

2. Clubhouse cancers (discontented fat vets with little fire in their belly for a pennant fight) must go.

Giants bite the bullet with those two moves. More than I expected. Give me players with some fight. These two were pretty much unwatchable.

Dan Mazzaro
4 years 2 days ago

Giants are only 6 games out. And it’s not like the D-Backs are an experienced, or even good, team.

Dan Mazzaro
4 years 2 days ago

And keep in mind. This is with D-backs winning 8 straight so that 6 games up is rather generous.

4 years 2 days ago

Rowand stunk it up, but I thought his attitude was still considered top-notch. Have their been reports to the contrary or are you just making assumptions?

Whole_New_World
4 years 2 days ago

There have been reports of Rowand’s attitude, starting with Andrew Baggerly, Giants beat writer for the SJ Merc News.

Rowand had enough class/sense not to complain to the press. Which I appreciate. And he apparently took his reduced time last year well enough. But he was increasingly problematic in the clubhouse this year.

In Spring Training, Bochy asked Rowand if he would play the corner OF positions. Rowand said “No.” (Rowand, of course, subsequently has.) Rowand apparently felt that it was slight to him to play the corner.

Consider this: Rowand still has value. He is an above average OF defender. His pinch hitting numbers are very good this year. Something around 9 for 25 with 3 HRs. Yet the Giants were unable to trade him (they would have picked up almost all of his contract), and in the end, just cut him. There has to be a reason they’d just let him walk with $14 million of their money.

Dan Wohl
4 years 2 days ago

GOD IS GREAT

4 years 2 days ago

BEER IS GOOD

ARodinyourPujols
4 years 2 days ago

People are Crazy. 

4 years 2 days ago

Eric Dykstra- Not bad enough to warrant a DFA? I take it you didn’t watch much Giants baseball for the last 4 years.  This will go down as one of the worst signings in the franchise’s history.

rainyperez
4 years 2 days ago

Terrible signing yes. BUT if it weren’t for that hot streak he had back in 2010 where he was helping the Giants out in the beginning of the year they would have never reached the postseason. 

YourBase
4 years 2 days ago

Andres Torres was the real hero last year. Despite being injured for like two months, being platooned, he’s still provided more value and despite hitting with much less power this year, his defense and speed are still invaluable. Rowand is just taking time away from better players at this stage.

zimerust
4 years 1 day ago

You cant make an argument like that.  If he didn’t suck every year maybe EVERY year they would have made the playoffs.

4 years 2 days ago

It was a terrible signing (though not as bad as Zito).
That doesn’t mean it’s worth dumping him and paying 100% of his contract.

WeToddDid
4 years 2 days ago

His WAR was negative last year, and not much better this year. Pretty much the definition of addition by subtraction. He’s worth more on a couch than an MLB team.

zimerust
4 years 1 day ago

You = clueless.

jfretless
4 years 2 days ago

Happy and Sad at the same time.   …I will have to let my son know that his favorite player is no longer on the Giants and the Giants are better now because of it.

Isaac
4 years 2 days ago

Wow he like Rowena how old is he?

jfretless
4 years 2 days ago

He just turned 10.  He’s knows Rowand sucked, so he’s not delusional, just started liking him when he came to the Giants.

Heck, my favorite player was/is Gregg Jefferies… Thought he was God.  Looking back and comparing career, Jefferies didn’t do a whole lot.  …Rich Aurilia had a better career than Jefferies.

I guess you like who you like.

Isaac
4 years 2 days ago

Ya kids are fun gullible bags of candy haha but ya rowand was decent before

55saveslives
4 years 2 days ago

Finally God stops smiting me!

YourBase
4 years 2 days ago

They were going to end up paying him anyway, at least now they’ve accepted that he was a mistake and can move on and free up roster space and give more deserving players a chance.

YourBase
4 years 2 days ago

They were going to end up paying him anyway, at least now they’ve accepted that he was a mistake and can move on and free up roster space and give more deserving players a chance.

JacksTigers
4 years 2 days ago

What a dumb move. September call-ups are tomorrow. Now if he says “release me,” you’re screwed. Maybe Brian Sabean isn’t as good of a GM as I originally thought.

theguy17
4 years 2 days ago

September call-ups don’t matter for guys not on the 40 man roster.  This was done to create space on the 40 man.  Brett Pill will be added.  Maybe Marc Kroon as well.

Whole_New_World
4 years 2 days ago

Sabean is definitely not as good as you thought.

HOWEVER, these both are great moves. Two ineffective malcontents who actually felt they were wrongly denied playing time were sent packing.

The move says, in no uncertain terms, you have absolutely no value. Take your bellyaching tales woe and tell your story walking.

ramjamrock
4 years 2 days ago

The part about Rowand feeling like he has been denied playing time is laughable (the fact that he thinks this, not that you said it). I think he, to date, had something like the third-most PAs on the team this season.

Whole_New_World
4 years 2 days ago

Sabean is definitely not as good as you thought.

HOWEVER, these both are great moves. Two ineffective malcontents who actually felt they were wrongly denied playing time were sent packing.

The move says, in no uncertain terms, you have absolutely no value. Take your bellyaching tales woe and tell your story walking.

Bust A Posey
4 years 2 days ago

A month to late

notsureifsrs
4 years 2 days ago

“.253/.310/.394 in 509 games over four seasons for the Giants”

…wow

Whole_New_World
4 years 2 days ago

Also, while his D was above average, there wasn’t much highlight reel action going on there.

I don’t mind that Rowand was sub-mediocre. He’s trying. He just doesn’t have it anymore. The thing is that he felt he should be playing in spite of those numbers.

BIG Ego.

JacksTigers
4 years 2 days ago

I’m sure there was someone else to DFA that wouldn’t cost them a ton of money.

4 years 2 days ago

They already DFA’d Tejada.  So they must need the spots to DFA both.

Whole_New_World
4 years 2 days ago

They don’t need the spots so much as they need these guys gone.

Whole_New_World
4 years 2 days ago

They don’t need the spots so much as they need these guys gone.

theguy17
4 years 2 days ago

No one sucked as bad as those two. 

D.j. Wilson
4 years 2 days ago

The only good thing about both Rowand and Tejada was their walkup songs…

brian310
4 years 2 days ago

what were their songs?

D.j. Wilson
4 years 2 days ago

I’m terrible with song names but Tejada’s was a song by La Banda Gorda and Rowand’s was an instrumental song by Linkin Park

TheFreak2011
4 years 2 days ago

“Hit The Road, Jack”

D.j. Wilson
4 years 2 days ago

The only good thing about both Rowand and Tejada was their walkup songs…

GriffeyandSizemore
4 years 2 days ago

Sabean – “Your being traded to the Long Island Ducks”
Rowand – ” I’ll be able to play a lot right?”
Sabean – “They needed a bat boy”
Rowand – I get to touch the bats hell yeah!

ramjamrock
4 years 2 days ago

/suggestively waggles bats
//fired from being bat boy

GriffeyandSizemore
4 years 2 days ago

Sabean – “Your being traded to the Long Island Ducks”
Rowand – ” I’ll be able to play a lot right?”
Sabean – “They needed a bat boy”
Rowand – I get to touch the bats hell yeah!

4 years 2 days ago

And no one ever signed a veteran outfielder who had inflated years in Philly again… Oops. Sorry, Nationals fans.

TheFreak2011
4 years 2 days ago

Good point.