It wasn’t long ago that the San Francisco Giants had the lead in the NL West and were widely considered to be the biggest problem for the Philadelphia Phillies in the post season. They always seemed to get the timely hits against them, the Phils couldn’t hit their pitching, and they proved last year that they can take them out in a seven-game series.
Now, it doesn’t look like the Giants will be a threat to anyone in the postseason, and they are now cutting dead weight.
With six games between them and the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks, GM Brian Sabean is willing to admit some roster mistakes. He’s designated Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment.
Tejada was on a one-year, $6.5 million deal. He recently had a problem when he was asked to bunt, and the Giants could just be sick of his act. You hit .239 with four home runs this season? Yeah, you’ll bunt and like it.
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Rowand was a much bigger mistake. He got a six-year, $50 million contract a few years ago and barely made the postseason roster last year. That’s pretty bad.
So, one would have to wonder what’s going through Barry Zito’s head right now. He is currently on one of the worst free-agent contracts in sports history and has an ERA of 5.62. He signed a seven-year, $126 million deal before the 2007 season. Ouch. Don’t go too far away from your phone.