Brian Sabean has made many trades over his 14 years as the San Francisco Giants GM, and most have not hurt the team.
Sabean recently traded Jonathan Sanchez to the Kansas City Royals for Melky Cabrera.
Most baseball folks would agree the two principals in the trade needed to change teams and that the Giants and Royals both take on similar risk.
The Giants threw in left-handed pitcher Ryan Verdugo in the deal and no one knows what the future holds for him. He could become a force in the league or wrap his career up in the minor leagues.
His is the unknown, the risk, albeit calculated, in a seemingly small trade.
While Sabean has been much maligned for some of his moves, most of the questionable decisions have been made in the free agent market. While no GM is perfect in trades, Sabean has been fairly successful, beginning with his first trade.
That is when he sent fan favorite Matt Williams to Cleveland for, among others, Jeff Kent.
Fans may not be happy with some of the pick-ups—like Ryan Garko—but the vast majority of the players given up by the Giants have had little to no impact on the game of baseball.
Here is a list of seven trades made by Sabean, where the secondary players involved in the deal made some impact in the game at the major league level but not enough to make the GM lose sleep.