So, when people thought the rumors of the San Francisco Giants signing CC Sabathia were true, and that the burly lefty would come to play for the team he grew up watching, he did what any realistic player would do...go for the money.
It's obvious that he loves California, there's no denying that, but to think that any player would turn down a $161 million contract from the New York Yankees is another thing. It's not the first time a player has done this, and probably won't be the last.
But in the end, this might turn out to be a good thing for the Giants.
First and foremost, the Giants don't really need pitching and the Yankees certainly needed an ace. If you know anything about baseball, you would know that the Giants' offense isn't very good. Sure they could use Sabathia, any team would, but another big-money hurler is not the Giants' biggest necessity.
For the only team to go out and sign a pitcher when the previous season you were the only team not to hit 100 home runs, then obviously the offense is the main priority.
When Sabathia won the Cy Young in 2007, the Indians ranked eighth in the Majors in runs scored. The Giants ranked 29th in 2007, as well as this past season.
Put two and two together and you will see Sabathia obviously had some help from his offense on the way to going 19-7 and winning baseball's premier pitching award. It wasn't the main reason why, because he was a complete maniac on the mound, but it didn't hurt him either.
Obviously the thought of having three Cy Young winners in the same rotation would be a public relations dream, and rightfully so, but when you can count the number of players who command most of your payroll on one hand, it's not really a good business sense.
With Barry Zito having about $100 million left on his seven year, $126 million mistake of a contract, adding another contract of that size might as well be a blow to the gut of a franchise trying to rebuild. The Zito contract can't be taken away, obviously, but it shouldn't be the reason why the Giants didn't bring Sabathia to town.
As Matt Cain could tell you, giving run support to young pitchers is one of the most important things to help their confidence level. And as Cain has learned the past two seasons, having to go out and basically pitch a shutout to win isn't exactly the best state of mind to have entering each start.
Like the Giants have seemed to be for the last 10 years or so, they are loaded with pitching in the Minors. The only problem is that pitching is at least a year or two away.
While a full year of Pablo Sandoval and Emmanuel Burriss, as well as Fred Lewis settling for lower in the order, will make a difference. But, this team's offense is still a good way from being able to support the Giants' talented pitching staff on a regular basis.
As we know, this winter is obviously not rich in big-time hitting options, despite the big fish in the sea still being up for auction. But to think that Edgar Renteria is the answer to the Giants' offensive woes would be a little hard to believe.
Help is on the way internally, with catcher Buster Posey heading the class. But, instead of rushing and making signings that will hurt the Giants more than help them in the long run, patience will be needed not just by fans, but also by management.
It's not a bad thing that Sabathia didn't come to San Francisco. The Yankees need of an ace pitcher was greater than that of the Giants, and that is why they paid so much for him.
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