Rory Paap at Bay City Ball makes the case for keeping Nate Schierholtz once Cody Ross is back from the DL. He believes that everyone knows that Aaron Rowand is done but notes that the Giants front office can't admit that -- But first, we have to raze the notion that Aaron Rowand should pick up the at-bats. Sabean has already gone on record that “everyone is pulling for Rowand.” This is troubling to me. I see a player that is very clearly on a rapid decline, a speed-of-light trajectory heading straight out of the league, a la Gary Matthews Jr. Maybe that’s harsh – it probably is – but given the money he’s made in the game, the two World Series’ he’s won, I have a hard time feeling remorse for the guy. By all accounts, he’s a great guy and a genuinely good person; it’s just that his baseball days are numbered.
There is no part of me that believes Rowand can get back to his complete and utter averageness. He was a good-but-not-great centerfielder, but he’s probably average at best now. He hasn’t hit in a really long time, and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. And the real deal breaker, for me, is his unwillingness to play the corner (left or right) without sulking. And moving Andres Torres – a plus, plus centerfielder – to right field to make room for an average centerfielder would be mind-bogglingly stupid. By doing so, the Giants would just be defensively downgrading an up-the-middle position, one of the most important positions on the diamond.
I understand where Sabean is coming from, throwing him a bone by mentioning him as a possibility. I do. Sabean has a staking interest in presenting Rowand as a non-zero-value commodity. He can convince someone, anyone, that Rowand has something left, he might fetch a few schillings in return for him. Otherwise, he’s going to have to swallow every bit of that $24 million remaining salary. That’s a large plate of unpleasantness.