Is San Francisco Giants G.M. Brian Sabean manufacturing any gifts—an Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, possibly Jimmy Rollins—to place in our holiday stockings?
If Sabean's latest public statements are to be believed, fans should gird themselves for lumps of proverbial coal.
Since contract extensions for Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy were announced, the G.M.'s rhetoric regarding possible free agent additions is utterly underwhelming.
Can't blame Sabean for placing contract extensions for Matt Cain and (possibly) Tim Lincecum at the top of his priority list.
But chasing several totally underwhelming veteran shortstops? Declaring that installing Brandon Crawford as the regular shortstop would be a "spirited topic" of discussion this winter? Here we go again.
About the best we can say for Sabean is that he and new CEO Larry Baer are singing from the same song sheet.
Perhaps Sabean is engaging in the time-honored game of disinformation. Jonathan Sanchez supposedly was an important part of 2012 plans; he's now a KC Royal.
So we can hope there's more on the horizon than third-tier free agent signings.
But, taking Sabean at his word, here are 5 low-impact, low-cost additions who, for better or worse, might well be on Sabean's holiday shopping list.