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.