Say goodbye to the Baby Brine Shrimp, Aaron Rowand. Pack up your Baby Dinosaur hats, because Miguel Tejada is gone too.
In a “surprise” move, San Francisco Giants team ownership has decided to designate both players for assignment, as per http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/baseball/mlb/08/31/giants.rowand.tejada.ap/.
The only thing surprising about this move is that it took the Giants falling out of contention for the front office to finally move both struggling players.
Miguel Tejada, who signed a one-year $6.5MM contract, was hitting .239 with four home runs this season. Aaron Rowand, earning $12MM this season and $12MM next season, was hitting a paltry .233 with four home runs as well.
This move eliminates two obvious malignancies from the Giants roster, as the character of both players have come into question recently.
Miguel Tejada’s objection to manager Bruce Bochy’s decision to have him bunt and Aaron Rowand’s comments about his preference for Chicago are two likely catalysts for their dismissal. The other two likely explanations are poor defense and even worse hitting.
Perhaps the most important part about this move is that it should signal a warning to other under-performing Giants, namely Andres Torres, Orlanda Cabrera, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff, Mark DeRosa, Barry Zito, and others. If the Giants are willing to eat Aaron Rowand’s $12MM next year, there is little preventing them from DFA-ing more under-performers should the level of play remain uncompetitive.
And the good news for Giants fans continues!
Andrew Baggarly reports, via http://www.bayseball.com/?p=675, that Brett Pill has been called up from the minor leagues and will make his Major League debut some time in the near future. Whether or not he will be a penicillin Pill or a cyanide Pill remains to be seen, but at least the team policy seems to be setting itself up for a youth movement in the coming season, which should make for exciting baseball.