Giants GM Brian Sabean on Crawford, Panik, Brown

Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area interviewed Giants GM Brian Sabean today…a few notes –

  • In regards to payroll, Sabean says the Giants will go up incrementally in spending, but not dramatically.
  • He says Brandon Crawford‘s done a really good job making mechanical adjustments in the Arizona Fall League, and has “earned” his high batting average there.
  • Joe Panik, for a first-year player, has played second base really well; Gary Brown‘s showing signs of fatigue but he’s had some nice at-bats.
  • Freddy Sanchez is back into rehab, and will probably start throwing around December 1st (seemingly on schedule).
  • Buster Posey has hit on the field three days a week, and has continued to catch on the pitching machine; he’s going through an intensive running program as well.
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3 thoughts on “Giants GM Brian Sabean on Crawford, Panik, Brown

  1. He was very cagey when Urban asked him about getting the pitchers signed. There was one comment in that sequence which he almost muttered under his breath about spreading the payroll more evenly through the roster. This may be reading too much into it, but I’m thinking we should not be surprised if the Giants make a blockbuster trade involving Timmy or Cainer this offseason.

  2. Could that have been about not tendering all of the arbitration-eligible relievers (Casilla, Ramirez…) or are you implying it had to do with Lincecum or Cain? If the latter, I’ll say this: dealing either of them would have to bring back two premium position players plus prospects. Anything less would be utterly short-sighted stupidity by Sabean. I’m just not seeing him deal The Franchise, and Cain is gonna pitch 200 – 250 innings for someone for 8 – 10 years. Do we really want 100 – 150 more runs next season if it means the team ERA rises half a run? Gotta be careful what we wish for…

  3. Did I say anywhere in my comment that I WANT the Giants to trade Cain or Lincecum? I’m just saying I think Sabes may have opened the door to that possibility. Does non-tendering all the relievers seem like spreading the payroll more evenly through the roster to you?

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