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Giants DFA Tejada, Rowand

Posted on: August 31, 2011 1:50 pm
Edited on: August 31, 2011 3:39 pm
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Aaron RowandBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Giants rid themselves of two veterans on Wednesday, designating Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment.

The Giants owed Rowand $12 million for 2012 and will have to pay him that entire amount.

Miguel TejadaSan Francisco is activating Pat Burrell from the disabled list and call up first baseman Brett Pill. Pill was hitting .312/.341/.530 with 25 home runs and 107 RBI at Triple-A Fresno -- and if he can do half of that in San Francisco, he'll still help the Giants' anemic offense. Burrell has been out since July 14 with a foot injury.

Tejada, 37, was hitting just .239/.270/.326 with four homer ins in 91 games for the Giants, while Rowand, 33, was hitting .233/.274/.347 with four homers  in 108 games.

"After much deliberation, including a long deliberation last night and sleeping on it, we felt this was the right time to set them free," general manager Brian Sabean told reporters (San Francisco Chronicle). "We appreciate their efforts. We're sorry it didn't turn out, but again, it's about managing the roster. There are only 40 spots. That has a lot to do with it, including giving Pill a chance."

And that's the key -- the 40 man spots. Even though rosters expand on Thursday, a player needs to be on the 40-man roster to be called up. Also, if Pill can hit like he did in the minors, he would be a valuable addition to the postseason roster, if the Giants can make it that far.

Those are the overt moves, the other side could be the team sending a message to underperforming veterans -- it doesn't matter how much you've done in your career (Tejada) or how much money you're owed (Rowand), if you don't perfrom (both), you're out. And there's been a lot of not performing of late. The Giants started the month a game up in the National League West and could find themselves seven games back at the close. Before Wednesday's game, the team is hitting .231/.283/.338 this month and averaging just 2.6 runs per game -- which no matter how good of a pitching staff you have, isn't going to cut it. 

This may not be the end, either. Sabean said if the team's slide continues, more young players could be coming to replace the veterans.

 "We're running out of games," Sabean said (San Francisco Chronicle). "We've all been on teams or seasons that turned on a dime. Nineteen ninety-eight was an example. Last year, too. Strange things happen. We're down to that."

Rowand told the Chronicle's John Shea that he understood the move and felt no ill-will toward the team (which will still pay him approximately $14 million for this yearand next, so why should he?), calling it "probably the right move for both parties. For myself and for the team." 

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
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Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:40 am
 

Giants DFA Tejada, Rowand

The team is horrible offensively and they had to think twice about dropping them?  And why would someone, at any point in Rowands career, think he justified a contract like that?  He has never put up numbers, not even in his walk year with Philly, to justify that kinda cash.  And paying the corpse of Tejada $7 mil is an absolute joke.

Character is great and all, $19 mil for two washed up players, on a team that doesn't have Yankee-like payroll dollars, is pure stupidity.  



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:28 am
 

Giants DFA Tejada, Rowand

That's nice that Rowand felt no "ill-will" towards the Giants. 14 mill can ease his pain. Aaron joins that fraud Eric Byrnes and Barry Zito as the poster childs for GM's doling out ridiculous coin to dudes who are average at best. Bye bye G-men and we'll see you playing .500 ball next season as well.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: September 1, 2011 12:06 am
 

Giants DFA Tejada, Rowand

By the way, I don't see Rowand coming to the Phillies at this point, for several reasons.  (1) The Giants won't trade him here, or to any other potential National League playoff rival.  (2) The Phillies situation with righthanded-hitting outfielders now is as good as it's been in a long while, with Pence and Mayberry.  They don't need Rowand there now, barring a couple of injuries.  (3) The Phillies are near the luxury tax threshold and can't take on a huge contract--or even half of one--for a guy who's probably not even going to start for them.  (4) Since the post-season roster eligibility closed a few minutes ago, he wouldn't be able to help them in the postseason this year. 
They might have liked to have him in July--if the Giants would eat most of the contract--but if that's what Sabean had in mind, he waited much too long.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:57 pm
 

Giants DFA Tejada, Rowand

@argo rownad will not lose the 12 million for next season under any circumstances . . .if he is sent to minors by SF he gets 12 mill next year

unforgiven (4:13 p.m.), that's not entirely true. If he clears waivers, the Giants can offer him a minor-league assignment, but he's not legally required to accept it. If he declines it, he becomes a free agent--and the rest of the contract gets wiped out, including the $ 12 million. Of course, he's not likely to do that, since any other team that he's thinking of dealing with won't offer him anywhere near that much money.
Now, the only way I can think of that he would decline the assignment would be if it all happens in the next 2 minutes as I type this and he decides that making the playoffs is more important than money and he strikes a deal before midnight EDT with a club he thinks is more likely to reach the playoffs than the Giants. But the possibility of all that happening that fast is almost nil. Maybe that's why Sabean did it that way. But he may have outsmarted himself, since if he'd done it earlier he might have worked out a trade for Rowand and not had to eat the whole salary, as he's likely to have to do now. Tough luck, Midgets.




Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:29 pm
 

Giants DFA Tejada, Rowand




Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: August 31, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Giants DFA Tejada, Rowand

Giants climbed out of the same hole last year...sweeping the D-Bags this weekend is only the beginning.  All teams hit a skid...there's came in time to correct.  Plus do you really think the D-bags will continue to win?  They just lost 6 straight before this luck streak began...time for the real D-bags to stand up and start blowing games left and right.

 



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