Getting the Band Back Together

So the Giants brought them all back: Affeldt, Pagan, and Scutaro. There are concerns of overpaying and allowing the World Series glow to affect objectivity.

Other than the years I think these are great deals for the Giants. Obviously, we would all prefer 2 years for Scutaro and Affeldt, and three for Pagan. There’s a good chance the 2015 Giants will either have three old guys who can’t do much or they will have to eat some contracts.

But that eating shouldn’t taste too bad. The Giants spent $78 million for three players (the Braves, on the other hand, spent that on one). Scutaro isn’t making any more than Freddy Sanchez did last year for the Giants (to rehab all year). Pagan is cheaper than Shane Victorino (and better). And Affeldt is cheaper (and better) than what the Reds gave Jonathan Broxton and what the Dodgers gave Brandon League.

That’s about as good as you can ask for.

Bring back Cody Ross!



More Pagan!

Today the Giants signed Angel Pagan. He’ll be back, leading off and roaming around center field.

Love the signing for a couple of reasons:

  1. The money: only $40 million. To me, this is a deal. BJ Upton just signed for $75 million, Michael Bourn wants way more than that, and I would guess the Nationals extend Denard Span (who they just traded for) for more money than this. Plus, considering how many other teams (Reds, Phillies, etc) want a top of the order/CF type, it feels like the Giants stole this. Most fans were hoping the contract would not resemble Aaron Rowand’s 5 yr/$60 million deal and this is not even close.
  2. The structure: A $5 million signing bonus, which might as well be tacked on to last year. This a “thanks for that World Series” bonus. The rest of the $35 million will be spread over the four years like this: 7, 9, 9, 10. What this means is there is a small chance that Pagan ever prevents the Giants from doing something else they want to do (like extend a player or get a free agent).

What I don’t love:

  1. The years. I really do hope Gary Brown turns out to be the All-Star, top of the order, dynamo many have predicted. I’d hate to see Pagan block that. I also don’t think 35-year-old Angel Pagan will be an everyday CF. Could be wrong, but I also hope I am right, because then Gary Brown can do his thing. Either way, not stoked about that fourth year.

Bottom Line: Good move Giants. Other than a three-year deal, I do not see how this could have turned out any better. Let’s hope Pagan stays healthy and continues to do his thing for the Giants.