Those Pesky Giants
No, not those Giants...though I will say I'm both suprised and impressed that they have gone this far in the playoffs, since if I'd had the opportunity and means, I'd have bet heavily AGAINST them in probably every week since the playoffs began.
In other news, I shouldn't bet.
But nope, I'm talking about my San Francisco Giants, who most everyone acknowledges are in for a tough 2008 season. Now, in a refreshing sign of progress, the team seems prepared to let Pedro Feliz (aka Peter Happy) walk, and god bless anyone who wants him. But now there are rumors that the team might sign Scott Rolen, recently traded to the Blue Jays for Troy Glaus. Check out below the fold for my thoughts on why signing one of my favorite players is just flat out stupid.
As noted, I love Scotty Rolen - he plays hard, still has 30 HR potential and a sick glove. You might think my issue with Rolen is that he's virtually unable to stay healthy - nope, though that's a key reason I avoid him in fantasy baseball.
My feeling with him as a Giant is this: it's a waste of money.
What will Rolen bring aside from installing false hope in some fans, maybe 3-4 more wins (which is a lot) and the delay of an eventual solution at 3rd base.
Dallas MacPherson, or someone like him - a youngster who isn't necessarily a long-term solution, but is cheap and has real upside - is the way the Giants should be thinking. 2008 is out of reach. A stop-gap hitter, even one I like quite a bit, isn't going to make me happy about the future of my favorite team.