The San Francisco Giants entered play tonight seven games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West but only one game back in the race for the two wild card spots. The Giants are 23-20, but they have actually been outscored by one run so far this season.
It was a busy offseason for Giants general manager Brian Sabean, the longest tenured GM in baseball. With a quarter of the season in the books, let's put an early grade on each of his major offseason transactions.
His offseason moves, which included trading for Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera, re-signing Jeremy Affeldt and Javier Lopez, and acquiring free agents Clay Hensley, Gregor Blanco and Joaquin Arias have all worked out quite well thus far. The decision to sign Ryan Theriot and keep him on the roster over Mike Fontenot has been the one decision that has backfired.
This evaluation is of the moves that Sabean actually made during the offseason—it does not include decisions not to sign or trade for other players. It would be nice to have Carlos Beltran or Josh Willingham in the outfield and Jose Reyes at shortstop, but those moves were not made for a variety of reasons, budget constraints chief among them.