The Ratto Sabean Collective
According to columnist Ray Ratto, Brian Sabean shouldn't be expected to have the Giants take a big step forward next year for the following reasons:
1) Teams rarely make two large leaps in consecutive years
2) They don't really have the budget (unless they raise payroll) to sign a really big bat. Math is math!
3) The budget isn't his problem, it's the ownership who sets payroll.
Allow me to compose myself while I digest the stupid.
If Sabean hadn't signed salary hogs like Barry Zito, Aaron Rowand and Edgar Renteria, they'd have more than enough money to go around.
If Sabean HAD signed someone like Adam Dunn for cheap ($10MM/year is his current salary), there wouldn't be as much a need for a big bat.
If Sabean hadn't hamstrung the Giants so badly in years past, their performance this year - which we should remember did not get them into the playoffs - wouldn't be such a huge leap to live up to.
Brian Sabean is a terrible, terrible general manager. He needs no apologists in the media or elsewhere. Throw this one back, Ratto.