Friday, January 25, 2013

Arias avoids arbitration

A day after the Braves traded Martin Prado for Justin Upton, the Giants continue to have a non-eventful offseason by reaching a deal with Joaquin Arias, who was a pretty decent utility guy this past season. Chris Haft's story notes 2 major moments -- 1. hitting the ball that the Reds muffed in the 10th inning of Game 3 of the NLDS, allowing Posey to score and 2. catching the ground ball and and throwing to Belt at first for the final out in Matt Cain's perfecto.  

This is a guy Giants fans will remember long after they've forgotten the guy who started the season at third base in 2008 (Jose Castillo, who racked a -0.6 WAR that year in over 400 plate appearances. Hoo boy).

Interesting that Arias appeared in 112 games in 2012 after appearing in 113 games over the previous five seasons. He'd never hit a homer before 2012 and then had five for the Orange and Black. 

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