This is the third in a series of highly personal letters I am sending to teams of interest as we approach this year's trading deadline. Enjoy.
It’s not your fault.
I know things didn’t go according to plan this year, what with the injury to Jorge de la Rosa and Ubaldo’s first-half stinkbomb, but there’s still hope. You’ve got a) the best young infielder in baseball, b) the best young outfielder in baseball, and c) a+b.
Don’t waste Tulo’s and CarGo’s peak years by shipping Ubaldo Jimenez to the Bronx for a bunch of babies. This team is built to win over the next five years and I doubt you’ll find anything in the trade market better than what you’ve already got.
Imagine next year, if you will. Ubaldo’s BAbip comes down from the stratosphere (it’s currently 38 points higher than his career average), de la Rosa returns with a bionic left elbow, the Giants stop playing about a billion games above their run differential, and you all cruise to the first of three consecutive NL West championships. It’s all possible, if only you believe....
Maybe you can use this year of non-contention to mix-and-match parts, shop an aging role player like Ty Wigginton or gauge interest in the vastly underrated Seth Smith. Maybe you can find a nice insurance plan for the effective but injury prone Todd Helton. Better yet, some team might bite on the empty promise of Dexter Fowler. But don’t go too crazy. Don’t tear up the ground floor and sell the wood for saplings.
The Colorado Rockies are headed in the right direction.
Now look yourself in the mirror and repeat that until it sticks.
It’s not your fault...it’s not your fault...it’s not your fault...
PS - If you can, trade Dinger to an Archaeology museum for the rights to a better mascot.
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