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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Giants - Signed Winn

San Francisco Giants - Signed OF Randy Winn to a 3-year contract worth $23.25 million.

A very nice signing by Brian Sabean.  Winn isn’t going to hit like he did in San Francisco last season, but he should be a 350/450 hitter that plays an excellent centerfield, which is well worth the money.  It’s likely that his glove will decline somewhat by 2008, his age-34 season, but he should be good enough in the next year or two to make up for any value shortfall in that final season.

Dan Szymborski Posted: March 02, 2006 at 03:41 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. 8ball Posted: March 02, 2006 at 05:47 PM (#1880961)
Winn is now signed through 2009, not 2008 (he was already under contract for 2006).

$8 million per year for Winn for 2007-2009 seems pretty excessive.
   2. Dan Szymborski Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:19 PM (#1881014)
Ah, I totally missed that. Slightly less positive then, but I still like the signing.
   3. Dewey, Crackpot and Soupuss Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:28 PM (#1881024)
$8 million per year for Winn for 2007-2009 seems pretty excessive.

That's the part of this signing that puzzles me. Winn is likely to be pretty valuable in 2006, so if he was a free agent and the Giants were bringing him in for a three-year deal in order to secure his services for this year, it would be more understandable.

He is much less likely to be a valuable ballplayer in 2008-2009. I realise that Winn isn't blocking anyone, but I don't get the rush to determine the post-Bonds outfield right now.
   4. Bwef Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:35 PM (#1881026)
Randy Winn is not a competent centerfielder. He gets bad breaks on balls and he was already starting to show signs of wear as a Mariner. He's okay in left, but there he probably doesn't provide quite enough offense. Tying up a veteran is one thing, but this is silly and likely to come back and bite the Giants.
   5. Dan Szymborski Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:36 PM (#1881028)
All the good defensive stats seem to agree on Winn being quite good - I trust them over my eyes at this point.
   6. Charlie O Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:47 PM (#1881039)
With some combination of Bonds/Alou/Finley flanking him in Pac Fudge Park's huge outfield, he should get plenty of chances out there. If he's as good as the stats are leading some to believe and if he is able to play every day, maybe he'll have a shot at the record for most putouts.
   7. Dewey, Crackpot and Soupuss Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:51 PM (#1881043)
All the good defensive stats seem to agree on Winn being quite good - I trust them over my eyes at this point.

I don't trust my eyes, either, but I still haven't seen a defensive stat I trust when it comes to individual players.

I do like DER as a measure of team defensive performance, but how that breaks down among individual players I'm less confident about.
   8. Mug was supposed to do great things Posted: March 02, 2006 at 06:58 PM (#1881051)
Signed OF Randy Winn to a 3-year contract worth $3.25 million.

Am I missing something? That looks like a sweet deal.
   9. Dewey, Crackpot and Soupuss Posted: March 02, 2006 at 07:01 PM (#1881052)
Am I missing something?

Yes, it's missing a two. The deal is for three years, $23.25 Million.
   10. Tonight's special is maggot-infested carcass Posted: March 04, 2006 at 01:28 AM (#1883052)
So....the most important information in the headline is just going to remain incorrect, unbeknownst to anyone who doesn't bother to read all the comments?

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