Monday, November 1, 2010
Before Things Get Too Out of Control...
If the Giants end up winning their first World Series since 1954 tonight, I want to point out one thing. Brian Sabean negotiated two of the top ten worst active contracts: Barry Zito and Aaron Rowand. Zito is owed another $62.5M over the next three seasons (including a $7M option buyout for 2014), and is not on the postseason roster. Rowand is owned $27.2M over the next two seasons, and prior to tonight's game has accumulated eight plate appearances this postseason. That's right eight.
Sabean deserves a lot of credit for putting together a tremendous starting rotation. (The four man playoff rotation happens to be one of only two World Series rotations that was entirely home grown. The other was the 1986 Boston Red Sox.) He also deserves a lot of credit for picking the likes of Aubrey Huff and Pat Burrell off of the scrap heap. I just want to make sure no one loses sight of the fact that Sabean has made several bad decisions that nearly crippled the franchise's ability to be competitive. If they win tonight (or in Game 6 or 7), the credit belongs more to the players and field management, than it does to Sabean.