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No. The reason most blogs aren't taken seriously..by me, at least...is because most bloggers don't research their topics well enough, or only present a small piece of the picture to illustrate a point they want to make. Their content falls apart the first time it suffers a hard ping.
If you'd like to critique MY content, feel free to drop by the Giants MLB MB any time....;+)...........
I embarrass myself there on a regular basis.
9 months, 4 weeks ago on SF Giants On a Spending Spree? Not So Far
LOL....Okay...your blog, your rules.
I just pointed out that your contention the Giants have not been spending big is not true. You isolated some very specific cases to make your point. Then, when I added the rest of the story, you launch into the old "But the ownership group is making SO much money" whinerama, rather than simply saying yes, the Giants are currently on a pace to spend $150M+...more than $13M than they did in 2013...in the 2014 season, and are still seeking to sign 2 more players.
Those ARE the facts.
I agree the Giants could "afford" to spend another $20M on the 2014 payroll...they could become one of the top 3-4 payroll franchises in MLB...but they don't believe they need to to be successful...to make the playoffs and play for another ring. Anyone who's watched Brian Sabean knows his MO is to field a somewhat imperfect team to start the season, look to see what goes right and wrong for the first 1/3 of the season, then make adjustments at the Trade Deadline. They've delivered two World Series Championships using the same approach.
If the Giants are in it after 60 games, I'd look for the Giants to deal 1-2 of their pitching prospects and a couple position prospects to acquire whatever the club needs at the turn. A LF? Okay. A 3B? Okay. Whatever.
The timing for this move is also important, as our lower level prospects will have advanced to their next level of MiLB development, providing Evans, Sabean, and crew just a bit more insight to their true ceilings than they have today. They may also have the added benefit of knowing how the 2014 Draft has already gone.
See where I'm going? If the Giants blow their wad in the off-season, they also blow their flexibility to acquire what they need at the Trade Deadline. It really is as simple as that.
10 months ago on SF Giants On a Spending Spree? Not So Far
Hey Richard...nice job, other than the fact you completely ignored the $14.5M the Giants owe players due to scheduled contract increases...and glossed over the $5-6M the club will owe in arbitration raises. Take that $19.5-$20.5M in payroll increases, subtract the $6.7 you point out the club has "saved", and you're left with a $12.8-13.8M INCREASE in payroll to date for 2014, with the club still looking for a #5 SP and a way to upgrade in LF.
The Giants have said they would be willing to increase payroll by $10M going into 2014...but have already exceeded that...even if they devote all $25M of their new TV revenue to payroll, AND hadn't already figured the $25M into their plan to up payroll by $10M, that would leave them $21M to fix both LF and the #5 rotation slot.
But that would mean the Giants will have actually increased payroll by $35M for 2014, rather than the $10M they communicated earlier.