Sunday, March 11, 2007

Good news for Linden, Lewis & Ellison

Jeremy Burnitz has retired, according to his agent. Given just how old the Giants are and Sabean's propensity for signing guys who used to be decent but are on the downside (Ryan Klesko), it must be a bit of a relief to the guys competing for the fourth and 5th OF spots -- Todd Linden, Fred Lewis and Jason Ellison -- that Burnitz isn't going to come swooping in and take a roster spot.

Burnitz played for 7 teams, had 315 HRs and, at the time he retired, possessed the longest career of any active MLB player who hadn't played in the post-season. ESPN's Jerry Crasnick notes in the story that it looks like Brian Jordan, Phil Nevin and Eric Young aren't going to make it on to MLB rosters this year either.

Baseball Prospectus notes in its writeup of this year's team that the 2006 Giants were the oldest ever in MLB history at 34.53 years, weighted by plate appearances. And it sounds as they'll break this record in 2007 -- Aurilia's 5 years older at 35 than Hillenbrand was last year; at 32, Benjie Molina's five years old than Eliezer Alfonzo was last year at 27. Fortunately, BP notes, the pitching staff is in much better (and younger) shape.


Blogger allfrank said...

Not really, D. I think the G men carry only 4 OFs in '07, unless the cut/trade both Sweeney and Klesko - who are the 'in a pinch' 5th OF. Also, Feliz and Frandsen CAN play OF, also in a pinch.
I really think Lewis needs a full season at AAA. Ellison, unfortunately, only hhits during ST.

12:00 AM  
Blogger Big D said...

I'm sure you're right, Allfrank. But I would also guess that Lewis will wind up in SF a fair amount of the time, given how old the roster is and given how much Bochy likes speed.

12:07 AM  
Blogger allfrank said...

The smart thing would be to play Lewis for a full year at Fresno, then bring him up in Sept.

1:01 PM  

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