Friday, October 30, 2009

While Dodgers Owners Bicker, Giants Sign Players

Sure, oft-injured Freddy Sanchez, who played only 25 games with San Francisco after coming over from Pittsburgh midseason. Sanchez, who had shoulder and knee problems this year, batted only .284/.295/.324, the last of which (slugging average) is almost 100 points lower than his career average:

The Giants, who were in contention for the NL wild-card spot until the last week of the regular season, are convinced Sanchez’s health issues are over.

“One of our goals and priorities this season is to get a more consistent lineup out there on a daily basis, and Freddy does that,” manager Bruce Bochy said during a conference call. “His history is that he plays every day. To have him at the top of your order pretty much every day is going to do a lot for this lineup.”

Sanchez is expected to bat second for the Giants, though Bochy said he will occasionally use Sanchez in the third slot.

So it's only Sanchez, true. But it does address that hole that the Giants had at second base, a hole the Dodgers also have if we don't sign Orlando Hudson or Ronnie Belliard nor figure out if Blake DeWitt or Chin-Lung Hu are worthy of a full-time slot. It does, however, serve as a nice reminder how other teams in the NL West are looking to get stronger, while we are looking to trade press salvos and incur legal fees.


Mr. LA Sports Czar said...

Slow news day when there are posts about opposing teams signing players. Plus the Lakers lost, so that adds more crap to my day.

Greg Zakwin said...

Considering it's Freddy Sanchez, the Dodgers improved themselves simply by not signing him.

NicJ said...

so one hole in the lineup down for the Giants down, only 6 more to go.

Kyle Baker said...

We'll get it solved at 2nd. We have several good ways to fill the position. I'm not worried.

It's the SP that troubles me most.

Greg Zakwin said...

Dusty- Every team in baseball would kill to have a 1-2 punch of Kershaw-Billingsley.