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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Giants - Sign Feliz, Aurilia, Durham, Roberts

San Francisco Giants - Signed 3B Pedro Feliz, IF Rich Aurilia, 2B Ray Durham and LF Dave Roberts.

3 of the 4 players here are good players, with the 4th not as wretched as he looks due to his defense.  Their task to enter the offseason was to somehow replace the 800 PA of Alou and Bonds and replace Jason Schmidt.  They haven’t done it and instead, have bought a few redundant players.  The Giants simply do not have enough money to fill all their holes, so they really need to do stuff like just be satisfied with Kevin Frandsen being an OK second baseman for a few years and letting Rich Aurilia, who signed cheaply, play 3rd and let Feliz go.  Aurilia’s unlikely to hit as well as he did in 2006 and he’s kind’ve wasted at first and the Giants aren’t getting very involved in any of the Japanese players.  This is looking like a 70-win team.

Even though as a whole, the signings aren’t great, they do look really nice in isolation.  Ray Durham’s contract of 2 years, $14ish million is a pretty good deal and he’s probably one of the most underrated middle infielders of his generation.  His fielding has been just adequate enough that its not a major concern, but any decline and he really becomes an out-of-position 1B who doesn’t hit as much as you’d like.  Feliz is getting a 1-year deal of $5-6 million, suggesting the market isn’t as robust as he’d like after throwing out some big numbers in rumors.  Aurilia gets a 2-year deal at a bargain $7 million and the merely 34 Dave Roberts sadly represents a youth movement, but at least he’ll be good defensively in left and a good leadoff hitter.

2007 ZiPS Projections
Player     AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB   BA   OBP   SLG
Aurilia   389   47 109 23 1 13 58 33 53   1 .280 .336 .445
Durham     451   70 122 26 4 16 64 51 60   5 .271 .348 .452    
Feliz     515   65 129 29 3 18 74 31 91   1 .250 .293 .423
Roberts   435   70 122 19 9   3 37 46 55 33 .280 .350 .386


Dan Szymborski Posted: December 03, 2006 at 12:56 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Raoul Duke Posted: December 03, 2006 at 02:48 AM (#2250364)
God, what a terrible time to be a Giants fan. I've been hanging on all this time waiting for Bonds to retire/drop dead from massive chemical abuse and then Sabes pulls this AND looks like he'd walk to Hell to re-sign Bonds . . . how long, O Lord, How long?
   2. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 03, 2006 at 05:08 PM (#2250719)
Absent Barry Bonds, the Giants are really just the Baltimore Orioles, aren't they?
   3. EddieA Posted: December 03, 2006 at 05:16 PM (#2250727)
I was thinking Pittsburgh Pirates.
   4. Greg Maddux School of Reflexive Profanity Posted: December 03, 2006 at 05:27 PM (#2250734)
looks like he'd walk to Hell to re-sign Bonds

Could've fooled me, what with the outrageous offers to every other outfielder on the market.
   5. jingoist Posted: December 03, 2006 at 05:41 PM (#2250745)
The Orioles would love to be able to sign this group of guys....the fact is not one of these guys would sign with Baltimore without the Orioles paying a 50% increase to ant those salaries.

I think the Giants collections of so-so guys beats the Orioles Millar & Co. 10 times over.
   6. I Am Not a Number Posted: December 03, 2006 at 05:59 PM (#2250752)
I was thinking Pittsburgh Pirates.

I was thinking Orioles because they, too, have been busy little beavers, accomplishing a whole lot of nothing.
   7. 1k5v3L Posted: December 03, 2006 at 06:04 PM (#2250754)
The joy of AARP movement
Pulls you under
   8. 1k5v3L Posted: December 04, 2006 at 10:30 PM (#2251619)
Giants re-signed third baseman Pedro Feliz to a one-year, $5.1 million contract.

Maybe it's possible we don't give MLB GMs enough credit sometimes. It looked like Feliz would cash in this winter after driving in 98 runs and playing excellent defense. However, there just wasn't any interest outside of San Franicsco. Taking him back for one year isn't a bad idea for the Giants. He is one of the game's most underrated defenders, and his pathetic OBP isn't such a problem if he bats sixth or seventh. $5.1 million is a fair salary in this market.

The Giants and Bengie Molina have agreed to terms on a three-year deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.
They learned nothing from Mike Matheny. Absolutely nothing. Molina is rapidly turning into a below average defender, and he could also lose it offensively at any time. Plus, there just didn't seem to be anyone else interested. That the Giants are giving him a three-year deal anyway is going to qualify as another one of the worst moves of the winter.
Source: Yahoo! Sports

Ha ha!
   9. Runscreated Posted: December 06, 2006 at 12:29 AM (#2252158)
The Bengie Molina signing is the worst although Pedro Feliz' is not far behind. Molina walked 19 times in some 330 ABs last year. I guess it will be easy to decide when to go get beers at Giant's games when you have Feliz, Molina and the pitcher's spot coming up.
   10. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: December 06, 2006 at 08:45 PM (#2253242)
If Feliz never bats higher than 7th, then the Giants can absorb his sub-.300 OBP. The problem has been ex-Giant managers who bat him in the middle of the lineup (and starting him in the corner OF or 1B). Like most mediocre players, if used correctly (lower third of the lineup, only playing at 3B) he has some modest value.

I don't understand the Molina contract at all. I'm not crazy about Eliezer Alfonzo, but I don't see anything that Molina does that Alfonzo can't do at a fraction of the cost. Both are below-average defensively with poor plate discipline and occasional power.

I'm not real crazy about Dave Roberts and would have preferred to see the Giants keep Winn in center and go after a cheap bat for RF.

I don't mind Aurilia so much if he's used in a utility role. Its a fair price to pay for Vizquel-insurance. Signing him to play 1B fulltime makes absolutely no sense, though.

Durham's a decent deal, especially with only a two-year commitment.

Sabean apparently believes that the Giants can reload and contend in 2007. He's sorely mistaken (especially with much-improved competition from LA and Arizona).

All this money being thrown at proven mediocrities would be much better spent on getting some young Latin talent to rebuild the farm system, IMHO.

Lastly, I heard on the radio coming into work this morning that the Giants are close to signing Ryan Klesko. I don't know any details. If the idea is to platoon Klesko and Aurilia at 1B, then it might make some sense. If the idea is to have Klesko at a corner outfield spot (presumably to the exclusion of Bonds), then I'm not so sure that's the smart move. Klesko could be interesting in 2007, but he's more of a low-cost hedge than a smart GM's Plan A for the middle of the order...

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