This entry is purely so that I might tell everyone I was right about something.
I went over to read myself some o' that Lefty feller, and found out that it isn't good to miss a couple of days without your computer, cuz then...well, you can miss stuff.
Turns out what I wrote about the Giants needing to jettison Jim Brower last Monday, and what I wrote about Al Levine last Friday were simply harbingers of the inevitable, as Levine was DFA and Brower was released in the past few days. My rant about Brian Sabean needing to make moves at least for PR reasons was seemingly on the mark, too. Both Sabes and Father Alou said in this article that more changes would be forthcoming.
And the white flag has officially been waved (or waived, take your pick). The Giants have actually brought up someone who is younger than 30 to fill Brower's roster spot: Jesse Foppert.
A lot of what Sabean said in the article have been things Giants bloggers have been saying in one way, shape, or form for a couple of weeks now, and I'm honestly feeling he read my mind. He's making moves that will not only attempt to make the team just a bit better right now, to try and avoid estranging the fan base by being idle, but any trades, etc. that come along will be for people with a future with the ballclub. I'm assuming that means that they'll be players he'll be installing for last run next season.
This also means we can really, really forget about Barry Bonds. He wasn't going to be rushed in the first place, but after the Giants have lost their shirt over the last few weeks, now things will be taken ultra-slow -- I wouldn't even think to see Bonds until mid-August, or perhaps even September. And believe it or not, that's great, because the Giants will be able to get some more information on players like Pedro Feliz and Jason Ellison, who are both players that could fetch some value from a contender in the next month or so. Of course, I think that the Giants may have gotten extremely luck with Elly, so it's hard to say whether or not he should be traded. The longer he plays this well, the more Sabean may want to gamble that he's the real deal -- being able to pay league minimum for that kind of production simply can't be overlooked, especially as cash-strapped as the Giants will be next season. Feliz is trade bait, plain and simple, but his future with this ballclub may rest of the tradeability of Edgardo Alfonzo. If they can trade Fonzie, then Feliz probably stays. If not, well...hasta la bye-bye to Feliz and his GIDP's and untimely three pitch strikeouts.