My apologies to Brian Sabean
I've long railed against San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean for sticking with older players, and having no discernible offensive talent in the minor league system. One of the few who actually got called up for some playing time was Todd Linden who was placed on waivers yesterday, meaning any other team can claim him.
But he's apparently not the biggest idiot in baseball. Right now, it's a tie for the Cincy and Houston GM, who in the last few days have optioned Edwin Encarnacion and Chris Burke to the minors after failing to give them a real chance in the majors. It just makes no sense to do this and leave mediocre veterans in their place. At some point, they were determined to be major league ready and in both of these cases, these players are considered the heart of the teams future (though Burke is a suprising 27, he's barely played due to Craig Biggio blocking his natural position.)
Granted, I'd much rather Sabean be an idiot like this - have great talent that he doesn't know what to do with. Instead, he trades away picks and drafts pitchers who he won't trade except for surly midwestern catchers who leave after a year.
Still, apologies to Mr. Sabean, at least for now, as others are doing a fine job in GM idiocy.