2.16.2006

The Mythical Contract Extension: Sabean Crying Wolf?

Does Brian Sabean have short term memory loss? Either that or he takes us for dopes - and we are not an idiot! :^) Today, I read in the Mercury that Sabean said that a contract extension with Randy Winn could start today. Then again, about a month ago (Jan 20th), he said that it would start in late January, early February. Then again, early in the off-season, he said that it would start seriously at the end of November, around Thanksgiving.

Why the sliding "deadline"? Why is it every time he speaks on the Winn extension, it's "we are very serious about an extension and we'll be talking with him (seriously) very soon. Seriously." This is three times he has said on-record that he will be speaking with Winn about an extension. I understand that he got married in early December plus had a honeymoon to go to, but he's had all January to just call Winn and his agent and start kicking some figures around. To get it going.

Obviously, I want to see Winn get an extension. I posted a while back that, for a good number of reasons, we need to sign Winn. So I've been a little anxious. OK, very anxious. So don't be a tease and say the discussion is just around the corner. Just get the damn thing done or be quiet about it, show the old Sabean diplomacy and inscrutable charm that he has displayed all his time as GM, "We would be very amenable to signing Randy to a long term extension. We just need to set aside time to discuss this very important topic to the Giants. Seriously."

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