Sports Illustrated is out with its baseball issue and its PVR rankings with Tim Lincecum rated second only to Albert Pujols. The mag suggests that the Giants need to find a way to move Zito next year when Tim Alderson and Madison Bumgarner arrive. It's a reminder of how Brian Sabean should have been dismissed long ago, given the lack of value of his most expensive long-term-signings. Brian Wilson is at 27 and Cain gets a 41 ranking, followed by the Big Unit at 43, Randy Winn at 65, Renteria at 98, Bengie at 110, Jonathan Sanchez at 115, Pablo Sandoval at 125, Fred Lewis at 140, Aaron Rowand at 180, Zito at 191,
Ishikawa at 206, Howry at 224, Affeldt at 252, Burris at 273, Velez at 294, Schierholtz at 300 and Aurilia at 313.
Here's how SI makes the case for its "modest proposal" about getting rid of Zito next year -- "Rather than employ an $18 million-a-year sixth starter, the Giants have to trade him for anything they can get -- payroll relief, bench help, a distressed mortgage or two. Starting him ahead of any of their better pitchers will chip away at their chance to have the game's best rotation as early as next year."