12.24.2004

OK, how about Plan M?

Well, plan A (Steve Finl-A) failed as well as plan D (Jermaine Dye) and plan P (Podsednic) and perhaps other trades plans, so now they've gone to plan M for Moises Alou. The leaked deal, which has not been confirmed by the Giants but has been by Moises, is for 2 years, $13.25M, with the second year at the player's option (I guess in case Felipe is not back as manager the following season). Apparently it only awaits a physical to be done on Monday, Dec. 27th to become an official deal.

This provides offense aplenty but defense appears to be taking a big hit with this move because Moises has played LF most of his career and RF in SBC is as difficult as playing CF from what I've read. However, his father Felipe says that Moises was "born" to play RF, only that he has deferred to other players who were better in RF, like Larry Walker and Sammy Sosa. But still, this IS his father speaking... Of course, this move goes against Sabean's stated goal at the start of the off-season of improving the defense as a unit.

Now he's the big bopper to hit behind Barry: Durham, Vizquel, Snow/Feliz, Bonds, Alou, Alfonzo/Feliz, Grissom/Tucker, Matheny. With Matheny around, Grissom won't have to worry about having to hit 8th anymore. That's still a pretty good offense, but now we're missing Pierzynski hitting against RHP, Snow is probably not going to find the fountain of youth again, Bonds should deteriorate (shouldn't he?), and Matheny is worse than any of our lousy 8th best hitter in the lineup in 2004, except for Neifi. However, Durham has changed his conditioning in order to be less injury prone in 2005 and Alfonzo supposedly has lost 20 pounds and is getting himself into good shape for the 2005 season (yeah, right...).

Sabean said that they will still be pursuing an upgrade in CF but that they are pretty set as is. Hopefully they will pursue a younger centerfielder still but our trading pieces took a big hit with the releases of Pierzynski and Mohr. And everybody wants our best pitching prospects. Sabean will probably have to wait them out and see if they will accept lesser prospects in return in a trade by the time spring training rolls around.

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