San Francisco Giants G.M. Brian Sabean is nothing if not consistent.
Throughout his 15-year tenure with the Giants, Sabean has filled his rosters with veterans, via trade or free agency. The club's farm system—especially position players—has been largely a source of expendable, tradeable parts. A sort of baseball salvage yard.
As the Barry Bonds era faded to its ignominious end, Sabean was nurturing top-flight pitching prospects and, for the first time in ages, drafting or signing legitimate position prospects like Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval.
Those assets, supplemented by bargain-basement additions like Cody Ross and Pat Burrell, brought a world title to San Francisco in 2010.
Otherwise, Sabean's bargain-buying habits haven't worked out well.
Facing a daunting set of roster gaps entering 2012, conventional wisdom says Sabean will again go the cautious route. He's said nothing to indicate otherwise.
One wishes Sabean would emulate former managing partner Peter Magowan, who made huge waves by signing Barry Bonds in December 1992. That move energized fans, jolted the club to life and triggered a 31-win improvement in 1993.
Ten additional wins in 2012 (96) ought to be enough for the Giants to reclaim the NL West title. Here are four Sabean-like moves the G.M. should avoid as he plots his 2011 offseason plans.