Examining today’s moves….
[...] will Aaron Rowand stay a Giant throughout the remainder of his contract? Like Cain, Rowand has shown a consistent trend over the last several years (though not a positive one): since 2007, Rowand’s weighted on-base average has dropped all the way from .382 down to .277
At some point, the Giants have to cut their losses with Rowand — don’t they? Beltran and/or Torres will return soon enough (and perhaps Pat Burrell too), and all of those players bring more to the table than Rowand.
Then last night, I read the following on Extra Baggs’ blog, which further frustrated me:
Rowand is Exhibit A why the Giants have not fired hitting coach Hensley Meulens. Rowand has an unorthodox approach and he’s too stubborn to overhaul it.
I often see Rowand characterized as a team player — a guy that will put his body in danger to win a game for a team, one that will show up early to batting practice every day to find an end to his struggles. Rowand is a terrible, terrible hitter. I recently marveled at his utter lack of plate discipline; his BB/K ratio is historically bad, so his unwillingness to adapt, to work with Meulens to try to fix his batting stance or whatever, it all strikes (or struck) me as ridiculous. I could not be happier that he’s been designated for assignment.
Miguel Tejada: He was signed for too much money, and has failed to live up to already-low expectations. Though the Giants say that it played no role in his being DFA’d, the whole bunting incident was the icing on the cake. Farewell, Tejada, you won’t be missed at all.
Brett Pill: people have been clamoring for the 27-year old to be called up, mostly based on an extremely-high RBI total, but I’m not so excited. He’s a first baseman, one repeating Triple-A, and his on-base percentage is actually below average for a Pacific-Coast League hitter. He’s clearly benefited from his hitter-friendly atmosphere, but it’ll be interesting nonetheless to see how he performs in San Francisco.
Pat Burrell: glad to have him back; I’ve always kind of liked three-true outcomes hitters: I like hitters that draw walks, and I like hitters that hit home runs. Burrell played a key — even unrecognized role in the Giants’ 2010 season, and has produced a lot considering how little the Giants have paid him since 2010. I hope his legacy is not defined by his poor performance in the 2010 World Series.