The Sabean Chronicles
This season should prove to be a real exercise in how crappy of a GM Brian Sabean is, and here's just one crisp example of such.
Courtesy of my friend the Van Buren Boy, this posting on Brian Sabean is just too good not to reprint. It's from Shysterball, a blog that describes itself as being about "Baseball (and occasionally the lesser sports) from the Shyster's point of view."
First, Shyster quotes an article from the Chronicle:
With reliever Vinnie Chulk shelved with shoulder tendinitis and starter Noah Lowry rehabbing from surgery and unavailable until at least late April, the Giants are shying away from trade talk if it means giving up pitchers.
"We're going to try," general manager Brian Sabean said when asked if he expects trade activity before Opening Day, "but I don't see us trading pitching in any regard to try to solve what we want to do offensively."
Then, Shyster really makes the point that any intelligent, rational beings would arrive at, even if they don't know the science that he references:
See, here's the thing, Brian. When you seek to upgrade your pathetic offense through trades, but limit your trading chits to parts of that same pathetic offense, you are creating the sort of closed system that Lavoisier described. One which, by virtue of the law, is immune to enhancement (really, what are you going to get for Daniel Ortmeier?). On the bright side, given how crappy the Giants' hitters are, it is one that is probably immune to degradation as well (really, how much worse can you do than Daniel Ortmeier?).