It finally happened. Brian Sabean finally decided that enough was enough and that Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand weren’t even worth a bench spot. Both have been DFA’d and put up on the trading block to make room for two additional call-ups on the 40-man roster.
You could argue if you wanted to that Sabean stuck with the vets for too long in hopes that they would return to form. But that assumes the rookies who replaced them would not only come up and start, but produce more than either of the men they replaced. If there’s one bet riskier than an old vet going on a tear, it’s a rookie (and not even a blue-chipper at that) coming up and carrying the team.
Looking towards next year? Probably. While catching Arizona is by no means out of the question, it’s getting less and less likely. With a healthy Buster Posey, Freddy Sanchez, Nate Scheirholtz and Pablo Sandoval next year along with a more seasoned Brandon Belt, they’ll have their core pieces in place and a guy like Pill could be auditioning to take a bench spot and save Sabean the hassle of signing a free agent for depth.
Speaking of possible moves, Andre Ethier is less than happy in LA right now. A deal with LaBumbos has always been a long shot, but Sabean and Colletti have a history, the Giants need a bat and the Dodgers need starters. After all the pitching problems he had this year, Agent Ned has to like the idea of a Kershaw/Billingsley/Sanchez front to his rotation…