Thursday, December 13, 2012

"These moves lack the pizzaz"

That's how Henry Schulman describes the Giants offseason moves while the Dodgers and Angels have become the Yankees and Red Sox of the West with over $300 million in new contracts over the past few days (Greinke, Hyun-Jin and Hamilton). Then, there's the Giants picking up Andres Torres for $2 million

Torres, who turns 35 next month, is attractive because he can play all three outfield positions, including center if Pagan needs a day off or gets hurt.
Giants executive Bobby Evans said the team is not necessarily done shopping, as Sabean wants to keep looking for ways to improve the club and add depth.
That includes the bullpen, which could gain former A's and Cubs right-hander Chad Gaudin, whom the Giants signed to a minor-league contract with a spring-training invitation. Gaudin turns 30 in March. He can start or relieve and could fill the Guillermo Mota swingman role.
These moves lack the pizzazz of what the team in blue has announced 400 miles down the road.
With the weekend signings of pitchers Zack Greinke ($147 million) and Ryu Hyun-jin ($36 million), the Dodgers have surpassed $600 million in new contract commitments since getting Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto from Boston in August. That total will soar when the Dodgers give pitcher Clayton Kershaw his multiyear deal.
Their 2013 payroll could reach a record $230 million.

Torres has a career WAR of 7.0 -- 5.1 of that in 2010. 

 That made him the second most valuable player on the team behind Aubrey Huff at 5.5.


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