Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Aurilia back in the Orange and Black?

Andrew Baggarly of the Merc-News speculates in his Extra Baggs blog that the Giants may bring back Richie just because their internal options -- Rohlinger, Fransden, Gillaspie -- are so suspect.

It's astounding that such a scenario would play out. And I mildly disagree with Baggarly that the Giants could absolutely not find any takers for Aurilia last month. My guess is they overvalued Aurilia, when they should have taken anything they could get. It's not as if he has absolutely no value. Look at most rosters and there are probably a couple of guys who aren't as good as Richie.

So why is this important? Why should Aurilia (and Taschner and Walker) have been traded? Because the Giants need young prospects -- not washed up players who get passed over at the trading deadline. Richie was a great Giant in his prime but there are several likely reasons why he wasn't moved last month. The first is that Sabean is incompetent. But the second is that Richie is not really good enough to start anymore and he's nothing special coming off the bench. And that leads us to the third reason: by being on the Giants, his value goes down. It's almost as if the rest of the league has decided that if Sabean's got him on the roster, there must be something wrong with him.

The best thing I can say is that I'd rather see Richie start instead of Jose Castillo, who was Brian Sabean's idea of an everyday third baseman -- but apparently no one else's. What other team is interested in a corner infield guy with a career line of .253/.295/.380? He stunk in Pittsburgh and then he stunk in San Francisco. And no one's picked him up. What a surprise (sarcasm intentional).

Andrew's too nice to say that this whole situation's the result of abysmal planning by Brian Sabean. So I will -- this situation's the result of abysmal planning by Brian Sabean.


Blogger Michael said...

I love Rich Aurilia, but not that much! He was a superstar for us for a few seasons, but it's time for us to let him go for the last time. We need a HUGE splash in free agency this off season along with the development of new talent.

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