To All The G's I Have Loved Before (2007) 

Chalk one up for Brian Sabean, as Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com reports: "The Giants did well to acquire Class AAA left-hander Travis Blackley for outfielder Jason Ellison, according to a scout who says that Blackley was one of the better pitchers in the Mariners' system. Blackley, 24, pitched briefly for the Mariners in 2004, posting a 10.04 ERA in 26 innings, but by then he was experiencing shoulder trouble. He missed all of '05 due to surgery to repair a torn labrum."

Take that report with a big knock on wood, with the hope we don't wake up tomorrow to find Jonathan Sanchez traded for Kirk Saarloos.

Speaking of Ellie (one AB so far with the M's), here's my annual early-season roundup of ex-Giants we've all known and at times loved:

Marquis Grissom, Robb Nen, Kirk Rueter, J.T. Snow: Still retired.

Edgardo Alfonzo: Last spotted hitting .286 with the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Shairon Martis (traded for Mike Stanton): Starting for Washington's affiliate in the high-A Carolina League. That's a nice smile!

David Aardsma: Pitching very well so far in the White Sox bullpen. Subject of one of the oddest soundbites last spring, from one of the Chicago papers: "David Aardsma's improvement in the final two weeks of spring training helped him win a spot on the Cubs Opening Day roster. Aardsma credited former teammate Michael Wuertz with helping him develop a second pitch to complement his 95-m.p.h. fastball." Huh? I could swear when the Giants drafted him he had a "second pitch," called a curveball. Did he forget how to throw it? Was it an optical illusion?

Francisco Liriano, Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser: Who?

Jerome Williams: Starting for the Nationals, still only 25 years old.

Moises Alou: Not injured yet and has even stolen a base. How much you wanna bet he plays in 150 games this year?

Scott Eyre: Getting cuffed around with the Cubs so far. Did anyone notice he struck out 73 batters in 61 innings last year? That's good. He also gave up 11 home runs. That's bad.

Yorvit Torrealba: Still a backup catcher. Now hanging out with LaTroy Hawkins in Colorado.

Shawn Estes: Underwent Tommy John surgery last summer. Rehabbing under a minor-league contract with the Padres.

Carlos Villanueva: Who, you say? He was traded for Wayne Franklin at the beginning of 2004. Now he's 23 and pitching in the Brewers bullpen. He debuted last year and did quite well.

Which marginal ex-Giant do you take particular pleasure in tracking? Share with the rest of the class.


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