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Rowand best signing of the offseason


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I have enjoyed following the free agent market this year, and I’ve tried to put a value on most of the players who have signed contracts so far. While there are plenty of contacts yet to be signed, I’d like to give the award to the best signing to the 2007 offseason to the San Francisco Giants. The Giants signed Aaron Rowand to a five-year, $60 million deal earlier this month.

Now, $12 million a year sounds like a lot for a 30-year-old center fielder; however, in comparison to his free agent competition he’s a bargain. Both Torri Hunter and Andruw Jones signed deals worth about six million more per year than Rowand’s. Jones ended up with a shorter two-year deal, while Hunter also got a five-year deal. I think Jones is a better player than both Hunter and Rowand, but I see little difference between Rowand and Hunter. I have Rowand valued at $87.8 million over the course of his contract. Basically, the Giants are getting Torii Hunter for two-thirds of the price that the Angels are paying for him.

This doesn’t necessarily mean that signing Rowand to a long-term deal was a good idea. The Giants may need to do some more work internally before becoming competitive. But at worst, if Rowand continues upon his projected path and salaries grow as they have been, Rowand is someone the Giants can move for decent prospects at a later date.

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The problem with this statement is that "Rowand is someone the Giants can move for decent prospects at a later date". It's obvious that Sabean has either lost the ability or desire to trade veteran players away for prospects. This year is a great example. I can understand in keeping Winn but Roberts or Durham? Somehow, I think Rowand will be around for all five years of his contract.

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Winn had a no-trade clause and there is no way that Sabean could have traded Durham this last year (he was awful).

Sabean though is an idiot for giving a marginal player (i.e. not a star) a no-trade clause and Durham should definitely been traded at the 2006 deadline when he was on fire and could have netted something in return.
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Durham was on fire at the 2006 deadline, but his average was around .250. He sucked monkeyballs until around the allstar break, and then went on a tear. I don't blame sabes for not trading him, as he would get little for him at the time.

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Rowand best signing of the offseason


Comparing Hunter to Rowand is laughable. Hunter has driven in 90+ runs 5 times and has six 20+HR seasons.
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I've heard better logic coming out of George W. Bush's mouth. This article makes no sense.
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Re: Rowand best signing of the offseason


well, the giants havent done much anyways....

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