San Francisco Giants: Freddy Sanchez Reminds Me of...Kevin Frandsen?

Phillip KernContributor IAugust 5, 2009

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 23:  Kevin Frandsen of the San Francisco Giants poses during photo day at Scottsdale Stadium on February 23, 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by: Harry How/Getty Images)

Now that the dust has settled from the flurry of deadline deals, let's bring perspective to the moves made by the San Francisco Giants

First, there was the deal to bring Ryan Garko to the Bay.

With this acquisition, Sabean did traded a future prospect for some current pop, by trading Class-A left-hander Scott Barnes. If you haven't heard of Barnes, you will hear of him soon enough.  

Barnes sported a 12-3 record with a 2.85 ERA and 99 strikeouts (98 innings) in the minors. He put up these numbers while pitching in the hitter-friendly California League. Needless to say, the Indians got a pretty good prospect, but the Giants, deep in pitching prospects, weren't so heartbroken over this one. 

But the most publicized deal in the Bay Area was the acquisition of Freddy Sanchez. A trade that Giants fans across Frisco can't comprehend. 

First, the price the Giants paid to bring Sanchez in. Tim Alderson was a prized prospect for a reason in the Giants' organization. In his first pro season, he started out in the California League and was impressive. He doesn't have the strikeout stuff that Madison Bumgarner has, but his poise and composure is well beyond his years.

Here's the other aspect of the deal that confused many. Sanchez reminds me a lot of Kevin Frandsen. Yes, you read that right. Some may argue that Sanchez is a three-time All-Star with a batting title under his belt. Granted, the batting title was earned, but I do wonder how many of those All-Star selections were, and how many were a result of the rule that every team has to be represented in the Midsummer Classic.

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In fact, I have taken the liberty of compiling and comparing stats from Sanchez's 2007 season along with Frandsen's numbers if he had the same number of at-bats.  

Sanchez (PIT-2007):  602 AB, 77 R, 183 H, 42 2B, 4 3B, 11 HR, 81 RBI, .304 AVG

Frandsen (SF-2007):  602 AB, 59 R, 162 H, 27 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 71 RBI, .269 AVG

Now here is something that many people do not consider when talking about Kevin Frandsen.

When he got the chance to play every day in September 2007, he posted a .370 batting average. Why that didn't earn him more of a chance to compete for the starting job at second base this season is beyond me. 

Of course, the Edgar Renteria signing complicated things. But a middle infield of Emmanuel Burriss and Kevin Frandsen would have been a fun to watch; and getting the chance to watch them grow into legitimate ballplayers would've been priceless.

Instead, the Giants are now saddled with overpaid middle infielders. The younger guys would have put up similar numbers for much less money, and would have laid the foundation for future years to come.

Should the Giants make the playoffs with these recent trades, perhaps that will serve as justification for the moves. But if their playoff dreams dont come to fruition, one has to wonder if Brian Sabean will ever see another season as general manager.

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