This is the Matt Moore that Giants fans will have seared into their memory. Getting the hook.
Every time he started it seems, I dreaded and wondered, "How many innings before he allows five runs." Sadly, it was often very early, within 3 innings before it was obvious he was torched.
The lost, dazed and confused look is another lasting memory. But for the Giants, it's prospect-palooza as they pick up two here and maybe another two on the come when they deal Hunter Pence, in another "salary dump"
At least the Giants prospect bloggers will wet their pants with delight, as the two prospects we just picked up will be lauded as the next coming. The description "a couple of buckets of balls" is more apt. These prospects have one chance in a hundred of making an impact anywhere near the major league level.
But the prospect-nati would gladly see Bumgarner traded for one Clint Frazier, two Kyle Cricks and one Gary Brown. Ridiculous.
The Giants track record in player development is already pretty poor. Why would you want to give them more prospects? And yet, these fools persist in their "prospect love". I'm glad some of these fools are nowhere near running an organization, it's just that those that are running it seem to be dumb on the opposite side of the spectrum. They never met an aging veteran or a reclamation project, on the down side of productivity, that they didn't like. And liking them wouldn't be so bad, they seem to have a fetish about throwing gobs and gobs of money at them.
And there's a guy on the payroll right now, who deserves to have gobs of money thrown at him, who currently barely out-earns Matt Moore, who they just paid another team to take off their hands. It would be foolish, I repeat foolish, for the Giants to screw up this negotiation, or take the chicken-shit way out by trading him for a Clint Frazier and two or three buckets of balls.
The Giants don't seem to understand or can't properly execute a simple plan:
The Giants must develop their own young players, so they get productivity during theMaybe if they were as good at player development as they are at real-estate development, the roster would be in better shape:
pre-arbitration/free-agency years. Players are underpaid relative to productivity during the pre-arb years, fairly paid during the arb years and overpaid during the free-agent years.
Construction of Mission Rock – Housing, Retail and Office Development
Revenues will further soar with the construction of the Mission Rock complex, a mixed-use development over 28 acres to be built next to AT&T Park where construction began prior to the 2017 season. Construction will continue in several phases likely for the next decade.
(The Business of Baseball: 2017 Ranking San Francisco Giants, 2017)
I'm not sure that given the Giants prior track record with free-agents, that giving them more money is such a great idea. Hopefully, they allocate more to better scouting, especially at the HS level, and coaching, player development at the minor league level.
The days of drafting college bats like Posey, Belt, Crawford and Panik, throwing them in the microwave (minors) for 1,000 AB's and poof, out comes a major-league hitter, should be over. Time to roll up your sleeves and teach HS kids how to hit like men. That's four to six years of sweat equity rather than two or three.
Time to man up on the player development side, Gigantes.
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