Some links to round out this Monday evening..
- Even though he's now with the White Sox, Jake Peavy still looks back fondly on his time with the Padres, writes Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com.
- MLB.com's Corey Brock writes that Rule 5 pick George Kontos was a longshot to make San Diego's bullpen. Earlier today the club returned the right-hander to the Yankees.
- The Giants would be better off releasing Aaron Rowand, opines Grant Brisbee of McCovey Chronicles.
- Left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes is out of options but MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm expects the Blue Jays to keep him on the 25-man roster.
- Now with his third club, the Orioles' J.J. Hardy is looking to get his career back on track, writes Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
I would look back fondly on the times when I wasn’t injured, too.
or that time i won the cy young , yeah those were the days
It’s Grant Brisbee, not Bisbee.
Regardless of the World Series, I am glad I am not a Giants fan: I would hate to watch them make their annual stupid free agent signing.
Grant Brisbee is living in a dream world. The Giants are going to release Rowand so that they can keep a mid level prospect bust like Ishikawa.
Could be. Depends on just how little faith SF has in some combination of Huff and KFP to hold down first without having to reserve a roster spot for a caddy like TI.
Rowand is almost certain to improve on a 2010 BABIP in the .260s (Bill James projects him to be pretty much league-average in 2011) and has defensive capacity sorely needed on a team likely to give substantial OF time to the likes of Pat Burrell (and, no, that UZR/150 spike last season hasn’t made me a believer). That said, he doesn’t have nearly the value to the club he’d have if he could hit lefties anymore (Schierholtz and Torres are both nearly helpless against southpaws), and the reports of his inflexible attitude this spring only lend further credence to the idea that he could be left out of the mix.
Add to that the fact that Rowand is seven years older than Travis (even though he seems to have been in the Giant organization forever, last year was just TI’s age-26 season) and the small but still better-than-Rowand chance that the youngster takes the step forward to become a useful regular (James likes his 2011 chances a lot better than Rowand’s), and Rowand’s release becomes a pretty plausible scenario. Probably not better than a 50/50 chance — MLB teams are notorious for refusing to eat obviously sunk costs, especially where a Proven Veteran is involved — but it’s reached the point where the move wouldn’t be shocking.
At best, Rowand is the Giants’ 4th outfielder and one could argue that he’s more likely their 5th or 6th best. His “new” stance looks alot like his old stance and has produced similar results in spring training thus far … absolutely nothing. The Giant have offered him a shot at winning the left field positions and he’s now pouting about that. Whether by trade or release, Rowand needs to go.
He should be gone by the time the season starts. Hopefully he is.
As a White Sox fan, I remember being so upset in the ’07-’08 offseason that Kenny Williams missed out on Torii Hunter AND Aaron Rowand, because he wouldn’t offer them enough years or money. I love that man more every day.
just get RID of Rowand please. I hate the way he always whiffs at low, out of the strike zone 0-2 curveballs/sliders/any breaking pitch. I hate the way he runs with his torso sticking out while his legs fluttering unproportionally, how his downward-sloped shoulders make his head look huge but body frame small, how all his big hitting games are when the team loses or are already well in the lead (World Series game 2 triple when the Giants were already up 6-0 in the 8th), his lame@$$ unemotional reaction to Renteria’s World Series winning homerun, and how he’s taking up money that could be used to signing another player.
i mean if a player can’t even express a similar reaction to the fans watching through a TELEVISION what good use are you?