Friday, March 06, 2009

How is Sabean still employed?

Amid brutal job losses every else, Brian Sabean stays golden despite the fact that he manifestly incompetent through his practice of signing ovepriced players who are on the decline. Tyler Hissey at Dugout Central analyzes the stupidity of the Dave Roberts signing and reaches the same conclusion:
GMs need to leave sentiment out of decisions and know that, when a player’s value is at the highest level, it is best to stay away....Sabean, it seems, did not learn his lesson, though, and then made the same mistake with Aaron Rowand, a should-be fourth outfielder masquerading around as a middle-of-the-order bat. Rowand, whose offensive numbers were enhanced by his home ballpark during his time with the Philadelphia Phillies, is due $48M over the next four years and is already on a downward spiral....When the dollars tied into the albatross Rowand and Barry Zito contracts are factored in, the amount of money wasted by Sabean makes one wonder how he is still employed in the baseball industry.

4 Comments:

Blogger allfrank said...

If you list just the negatives, there is not one among us who could hang onto their job. You completely ignore that, in a few short years, Sabean has completely rebuilt the front office and player/personnel department, and has put together one of the very best farm systems in baseball; he has also put together, possibly, the best starting rotation in baseball as well as, probably, an above average bullpen. Lastly, he has many young prospects chomping at the bit, and, hopefully, poised to become above average major leaguers. If these things are true, he is but one or two premium position players away from years of contending, and he has rebuilt the team in a fairly short time span.

6:20 PM  
Blogger allfrank said...

If you list just the negatives, there is not one among us who could hang onto their job. You completely ignore that, in a few short years, Sabean has completely rebuilt the front office and player/personnel department, and has put together one of the very best farm systems in baseball; he has also put together, possibly, the best starting rotation in baseball as well as, probably, an above average bullpen. Lastly, he has many young prospects chomping at the bit, and, hopefully, poised to become above average major leaguers. If these things are true, he is but one or two premium position players away from years of contending, and he has rebuilt the team in a fairly short time span.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Big D said...

I appreciate your taking the time to write thoughtfully, Allfrank, but we are going to have to agree to disagree. I grant that the minor league prospects are better than they used to be but the failure of the Giants to contend in baseball's weakest division for four straight years -- a trend that's likely to continue this year -- is Sabean's fault, more than anyone else's. Zito. Rowand. Roberts. Alfonzo. Blownitez. I rest my case.

7:11 PM  
Blogger allfrank said...

True, some bad moves were made, as is true of every team. You talk about not contending for 4 years, as if it is all Sabean's fault. In fact, two of those years are almost entirely due to the teams best and highest paid player, Bonds, being on the shelf. Once Sabean turned to rebuilding, and, yes, he may have been slow to make the switch, he has acomplished an unbelievable amount of rebuilding in a remarkable short period of time. So, now we are very close to having our pitching, great pitching at that, set for years, with younger, promising pitchers in the pipeline. We seem to have average to decent players knocking on the door or progressing in the minors at C, 1b, 2b, SS, and OF. Yes, we don't have a clean up hitter, unless you count Villalona, and we may or may not have anything for 3b (Snadoval, Rohlinger), altho it is too early to tell what we have coming from last year's promising draft. I think we are 2 really good hitting corner IFs away from being not just contenders but the best team in the NL West. And that is done in, say, 3 years. Check how long it took Atlanta to go from worst to first. I think you will appreciate how quicly the Giants have accomplished the feat.

3:31 PM  

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