So this post was going to be for Eugenio Velez and then I read that Jon Daniels was named Executive of the Year by Baseball America and so I had to mention that first and foremost. Congratulations to Jon and the whole Rangers organization. Very much deserved. It’s Time, and all that.
Anyway. I miss Eugenio already. Which is weird, because he hardly played last year, but I still miss him, you know, being there. I know there is still the possibility that the Giants will sign him to a minor league contract, but I doubt that will happen. At first I was very sad to hear they had non-tendered him but I’m trying to look at a bright side. Hopefully he will find an organization that does need and want him now and has room for him in the majors. I think if someone puts some confidence in him and gives him a real chance he will be a strong MLBer. (Don’t breathe a word about his bunt attempts. Seriously. Don’t.) And I do have a few teams on my wish list of who signs him. Ahem, Doug Melvin or Jon Daniels? Y’all should sign Eugenio Velez. To see him in Brewer Blue or Ranger Red would make me very happy.
Meanwhile the Giants did tender Andres Torres, Jonathan Sanchez, Cody Ross, Javier Lopez, Ramon Ramirez and Santiago Casilla. Ray and Velez are the two who were not tendered. Both Burrell and Fontenot were signed to one year, one million dollar deals. It looks to me (and probably to everyone else on the face of this beautiful planet) like Sabean is trying to re-sign everyone and keep the idea the same. The problem I see with that, as I’ve written about before, is they’re not misfits anymore. They’re players who won the World Series and are earning some nice money now. Will it work again?
Then again, there might be some big moves still ahead for the Giants. Sabean tends to surprise us like that. So you know when we’ll find out? Yeah, you guessed it. The Winter Meetings. Three days. I am still giddily excited. Stay tuned.
And it’s Day 8 and the snowflake earrings are still in my ears, in case you were wondering.
p.s. Dave Groeschner is due for a mohawk. In the Inside the Clbhouse: Hitters from January, he tells Pablo that if they go to the World Series, he’ll get one. They went to the World Series. Heck, they won the World Series. He totally needs to get one now.