Friday, October 30, 2009

Sabean still in charge -- Freddy Sanchez signs

Chris Haft of reports that the Giants have just signed Freddy Sanchez to a two-year deal. This should tell you that Brian Sabean's feeling confident about going down the same path -- overpaying for power-free fading veterans who don't get on base -- after getting a two-year extension as GM in spite of assembling one of the worst offenses in the MLB. Sanchez is about to turn 32 and has a pretty ordinary lifetime line after 8 seasons of .299 average/.334 obp and .417 slg. He's hit a total of 37 HRs and has never taken more than 32 walks in a season.

Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle's reporting that it's a $12 million deal. He also says the Giants have released Noah Lowry.

Best part of all this, I suppose -- Sanchez is certainly saying the right things: "I try to be as loyal a person as I can," said Sanchez, who insisted he's ahead of schedule in rehabilitating both his strained left shoulder, which put him on the disabled list in August, and the torn meniscus in his left knee, which required surgery earlier this month. "Being a part of this San Francisco Giants family, hopefully I can do what they traded for me to do."

This isn't an awful deal like Zito's, Aaron Rowand's and Edgar Renteria's -- especially if he has a year like 2006 when his line was .344/.378/.473 with 53 doubles and 89 RBIs.

UPDATE - John Perricone at Only Baseball Matters thinks that the Sanchez deal's quite lousy and suggest that the incompetence of the front office may explain why Juan Uribe doesn't seem that interested in coming back.


Anonymous firebriansabean said...

Sanchez is a decent sign because of his past but how much would Velez cost? Velez can steal bases.

Glad you brought up Renteria. I don't know how much of an improvement he was over Burriss.

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