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12.07.2003

Snow and Tucker

The Giants just announced two signings but no financial details yet:

1) J.T. Snow is coming back for a year, plus an option.

2) Michael Tucker signed a two-year deal.

Unless the Giants are planning to sign Miggy Tejada or get in on the A-Rod negotiations, these two signings pretty much rule out the big bat the Giants need to protect Bonds - at least via the free agency route. Before I comment further, I'll wait to see the money involved, but for now, I'd like to quote Charlie Brown: "Auuggh!"
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OK, a few hours later and Mystic River under my belt. (Most overhyped movie of the year--it hit far too many wrong notes.)

It looks like Snow's contract calls for $1.5 M in 2004, with an $2 M option for 2005 that kicks in with 450 plate appearances. He says he'd much rather take less money and stay with a winning team than go elsewhere. Fair enough. Felipe, bat him second.

Tucker gets $3.5 M over 2 years. He's expected to contend for the RF starting job; a platoon with Hammonds seems like the best fit. The last three years, Hammonds has hit .293/.367/.435 against lefties (that's an .802 OPS vs. .720 against righties). Tucker the past three years is .263/.339/.431 against righties (that's a .770 OPS vs. an anemic .665 vs lefties). Simply put, Michael Tucker is not a very good hitter. (Unless he's playing against the Giants, but that doesn't do the Giants much good now he's on their side.) "I can see myself playing right field most of the time," Tucker told the Associated Press. While you're at it, Michael, visualize whirled peas.

Having a nearly set roster, says Sabean, allows him to get creative with trades at the upcoming winter meetings. Is it possible to trade a player you've just signed? Tucker for a middling prospect or two? That would shave $3.5 million off the payroll!

Other comments: Sabean says Pedro Feliz will back up Snow at first and will get "as much playing time as we can possibly get him."

More frightening words have seldom been spoken.

Aurilia, Cruz, Benard, Galarraga, Ponson, Santiago, Worrell and Young were not offered arbitration, so the Giants lineup vs. LHPs might look like this (parents, please avert your children's eyes):

Durham 2B
Pierszynski C
Hammonds RF
Bonds LF
Alfonzo 3B
Grissom CF
Feliz 1B
Perez SS

gack.

Against RHPs:

Durham 2B
Snow 1B
Pierszynski C
Bonds LF
Alfonzo 3B
Grissom CF
Tucker RF
Perez SS

The Dude does not abide. Sabes, I hope you got something up your sleeve, babe.

Lots of arbitration news tonight, too, which I don't need to get into. Plenty of free agents to sign without giving up draft picks -- Pudge, Maddux, V. Guerrero, Lopez, Sheffield (huh?? haven't the Yankees all but signed him? Why don't the Braves offer arbitration and snap up the draft picks?), T. Walker, Cameron, M. Batista -- but something tells me the Giants are finished with the free agents and are more interested in trades from here on out.





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