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Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Posted on: November 7, 2011 6:56 pm

Late spring, two years ago, manager Bruce Bochy told me that Jonathan Sanchez was going to be one very important key to San Francisco's season. And as the Giants went on to win the 2010 World Series, he was.

But as the Giants regressed in 2011, so did the frustratingly enigmatic Sanchez. Straight to the point where the Giants finally threw up their hands and shipped him to Kansas City on Monday for outfielder Melky Cabrera.

Difference between the Giants 2010 World Series run and failing to make the playoffs in 2011?

Try 127 runs ... or .78 runs per game.

Only Seattle crossed the plate fewer times than the Giants in 2011.

They have to score more and, in dealing Sanchez, what they've decided is that the only way to boost that offense is to deal from their source of strength, pitching.

It is a key decision for this reason: They do not have much money to spend this winter.

Failing some financial miracle, such as trading Barry Zito, sources familiar with the Giants winter plans say that they do not have the resources to chase Jose Reyes or Jimmy Rollins on the free agent market. They very well may not have enough to re-sign free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran.

As such, general manager Brian Sabean worked to strike quickly, adding to his lineup before some of the affordable bats were taken from the market.

In Cabrera, the Giants acquired a center fielder who likes the big stage, played well with the Yankees and hit .305 with 44 doubles, 18 homers and 87 RBI for the Royals last summer. Just 27, Cabrera also scored 102 runs for the Royals.

He is a smart, quick upgrade for the Giants.

Sanchez will turn 29 in two weeks, has a no-hitter on his resume and compiled a disappointing 4.26 ERA while going 4-7 with the Giants last summer. He missed the final month-and-a-half with a left ankle sprain.

Meantime, the Giants wasted Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and even Ryan Vogelsong, pitching that should have been good enough to take aim at a second consecutive World Series berth instead of winter tee times.

What they ultimately decided with Sanchez sidelined was that he was the most expendable -- or undependable, take your pick, they're probably one and the same -- of their starters.

If there is to be no Reyes or Rollins in the near future, acquiring Cabrera looks an awful lot like what Sabean did two years ago in building the '10 World Series winner: Supplement top-shelf pitching with the right mix of position players to squeeze enough runs across the plate to win more often than not.

It worked in 2010 because the Giants found that mix with players like Aubrey Huff, Cody Ross and Pat Burrell, and then they got hot just at the right time.

They never did get hot in 2011. If they are to recapture that formula in 2012, Cabrera, a healthy Buster Posey and Freddy Sanchez and a bounce-back year from Huff will be among the key pieces.

Barring some found money, they have to be.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 6:29 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Finally, someone I agree with!!! How can the giants have no cash to make at least some big splash, with all of the moves they have made. These writers are a joke and basically write this team off every chance they get, its pathetic. Well said my friend, well said!!

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 2:33 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Can someone please explain to me why the Giants havent gone to Zito and his agent and tried to restructure his contract in anyway, i doubt Zito will say no since he has to know hes overpaid and useless. Just doesnt make sense to me

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:29 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Just goes to show those two awful contracts Zito and Rowand are now strangling us now when two great hitters are available. Shame. Certainly makes the decisions around long term contracts for pitchers (Lincy and Cain) v interesting. How long and for how much...risk against reward

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:03 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Ashamed a deal couldn't get done???  BY WHO??  Obviously the Red Sox only.  As bad as Zito's least we're down to only 2 years and $39MM total to go.  Lackey's still got 3 yrs. and $46MM to go.  Seeing that I wouldn't want either of these pieces of $hit on my team.....I'll stick with Zito because we're only 324 games away from saying BYE BYE!!

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 6:45 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

I understand the Giants have commitments to Zito and Rowand among others, but the team sold out EVERY game this past season. How can they have money problems? I'm confident Sabean can build up the offense again without spending big bucks on a Reyes or Beltran but to say they can't afford it seems ridiculous. What is that statement based on? Who are these sources familiar with the team's winter plans?

Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:06 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Just want to point out that Rowand is no longer on the Giants but they owe him $13+ million for this year. That's even if he catches on with another team. Lincecum at least is in line for a raise, too. I have no idea what the team's finances are, but if they do or don't spend money then I assume they've got a reason for doing so.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:03 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Dude you are so off base here, they still have to pay rowand 13 mil next year, just because he is gone don't mean they are not paying him. MLB contracts are guarantied. And stop with this Gary Brown shit, he is a great prospect and has only been in A ball for one year. He is not ready and the last thing they should do is rush a talent like that. Let him spend one more year in the minors first. And they need to lock up Timmy and Cain this year, would you rather let them walk and have reyes with no pitching. the giants have the 7th highest payroll in baseball already and they are not going higher. Letting Cody Ross go only frees up about 4 mil, yeah i think you could get reyes for that........ NOT!

Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:37 pm

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

I dont understand how we dont have any money to get a rollins or reyes? We are prob gonna let overpaid Ross walk. Fill his spot with Gary Brown in the minors, and miggy is gone and so is rowand. So how could they not afford to get at least 1 top hitter at shortstop? I hope the giants get reyes or rollins then ill jam this damn article down Millers throat. Sick of these writers who think only NY, BOS, and PHILLY can get a top player. Bunch of coward writers

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:52 am

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

No No and No.  Do not get rid of Big Country Breakfast in Billy Babe Butler. 

Since: Oct 5, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:40 am

Giants finances: Melky Cabrera and not much else?

Ziyx, I couldn't agree more!  As a Royals fan everyone knew Cabrera was expendable with a solid replacement (Lorenzo Cain) to take his place.  The Royals desperately need 1-2 quality starters and they took care of one of the slots with this trade.  This trade should help both clubs.  I hope the minor leaguer they also received in the trade is descent.  I still think Billy Butler is expendable should the right offer come around.  With Robinson absolutely tearing it up last year in Omaha he would be the right choice at DH in 2012 for KC, and about $9.5M cheaper!

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