After what felt like 100 different moves by every other team in baseball the San Francisco Giants finally had something for the transactions column. I'm not complaining. They made the effort to sign Pablo and Lester. Maybe they didn't and it was really all smoke. Who knows. It felt like they wanted it, I'm good with that.
The more I've thought about it I wonder why Giants fans are screaming for that big flashy move. It made sense to give money to Sandoval. He didn't take it. Lester would have been a great addition to the rotation. But he chose elsewhere. Other than those guys there isn't a huge "must have" among free agents.
So the Giants are doing what they seemingly always do. Quietly put together parts that fit to surround the leadership that is already in place. If it ain't broke don't fix it. I can't blame them. When I think back in my head to the last big signing all I can think of is Barry Zito. I can't think of another free agent contract since then that has broken the bank of the Giants.
That's excluding any free agents that re-signed with Giants.
The point is they don't throw money at every guy that's the most talented, they give it to guys that fit in to the machine.
I like all 3 of the MLB level moves the Giants have made this hot stove season.
Jake Peavy only spent 3 months with Bruce Bochy and Dave Righetti. Having two full seasons to work together may turn him in to something better than we expect.
Sergio Romo is also on board for 2 more years. He grew up a Giant, wanted to stay loyal to the organization. I like continuity in a bullpen. I also like Santiago Casilla as the closer. Sergio is a good late inning guy and as a Giants fan I appreciate that he sees the possibility for more success.
The Casey McGehee trade can go boom or bust. I think it's going to go boom. He will be surrounded by better hitters who play by a "keep the line moving" mentality. The 177 hits and 67 walks he had last season was good production from a corner infielder.
I see the 4 home runs and the 31 double plays he started. I don't think any of us knows if this will stay a trend or not.
I agree with Duane Kuiper. There will be more to come as Winter rolls along.
The news about Marco Scutaro sucks. For now I'll just say thank you for 2012 and I hope he gets healthy. For his sake.
Here's my take on the Padres. They are tired of fans like you or me taking over their ballpark. They are jealous. Don't take the flurry of moves they have made any other way. The Giants are the king for the 3rd time in 5 years and AT&T South has existed during this time. It will be interesting to see if Padres fans respond to the all-in attitude of management.
I don't have much else right now. I'm settling in to my new office and plan on writing a lot more going forward. This was a chance to catch up and remind people I exist somewhere out here in the interwebs. Some of that writing will be over on Torturecast.com some of it will be here. Either way I'll be writing and making lists and all that fun stuff that goes on while we wait for baseball to return.