San Francisco Giants: 5 Highest-Value Performers of 2011

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San Francisco Giants: 5 Highest-Value Performers of 2011
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Giants execs Baer and Sabean should applaud these five over-achievers

After dropping Monday's series opener in Atlanta and watching another starter go down to injury, you may not be in the mood to read anything cheery about the Giants.

Dr. Shiller here, with a prescription for your dour mood: a summary of the Giants' best-valued performers in 2011.

Last week I presented the lowest-value 2011 San Francisco Giants

The Drab Five, if you will.

For $23.3 million, Barry Zito and Jonathan Sanchez have made a combined 27 starts, thrown 148.1 innings, and gone 7-11 with a 4.74 ERA, with 18 HR surrendered, 85 walks, 130 strikeouts and a 1.42 WHIP.

Aaron Rowand, Miguel Tejada and Mark DeRosa have been paid (can't say earned) $26.1 million to hit a collective .238 with eight HR, 50 RBI, 24 walks, 114 strikeouts and a .258 OBP.

All that for a mere 42% of the club's $118 million 2011 payroll!

My Giants-loving and innately optimistic son cautioned me to downgrade the cynicism, and view the black and orange through rosier glasses. 

He was right; it was easy to identified five Giants—including the team's best hitter, most consistent starting pitcher and stingiest reliever—performing at extraordinary levels for minimal pay.

Their paydays are coming. For now, we celebrate the accomplishments of the five highest-value 2011 Giants.

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