Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Wake me up when the nightmare's over

I know I'm engaging in 20-20 hindsight but what may turn out to be an awful 2007 Giants season could have been avoided.

I decided to take a look at the Giants stats from 2006, which showed the team ranked 15th in runs scored at 746 and 8th in runs allowed at 790. That sounds about right for a team that went 76-85. Doesn't that sound like the team needed to GET MORE OFFENSE? So the Bonds bashers insisted that was the reason why the Giants needed to dump Bonds while showing their profound ignorance by overlooking the simple fact that he was the best player on the team last year. So after failing to sign another bat and letting Moises Alou go, Bonds was one of the best alternatives available.

But even with Bonds, it should have been obvious that it was going to be a lousy offfense. The top priority should have been getting a decent hitting corner infielder like Aramis Ramirez, who's gone 12-for-28 and driven in 5 runs so far. If I recall, his deal was five years for $75 million -- not a bad price if he keeps hitting the same way.

Given the pressing need for more offense and the fact that Tim Lincecum will probably be in San Francisco by mid-season, signing Zito to a seven-year deal seems like a strange move at best.

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