Originally posted by Niners99:
Ill give Sabean credit for the Melky and Pagan trades, but he doesnt get credit for the others.
He traded for Marco Scutaro to add MIF depth, not because he knew Scutaro would get white hot and carry the team to the WS. He reaped the benefit of a well timed hot streak, but nobody couldve predicted that run.
Blanco was just a filler guy they signed for ST with a bunch of others like him, and he played his way onto the team. Bochy is the one who decided Blanco should be part of the team.
The Pence trade was pretty obvious. It didnt take a baseball genius to figure out that the Giants needed a bat, and that Hunter Pence made a ton of sense at the time. He got it done, but the market for Pence made the deal fairly easy.
KC gave us Mijares for free. A no brainer. quality young lefty under team control for a while, and for whatever reason they said "its on the house".
Theriot and Arias were both also Bochy calls. Like Blanco, both were basically added to fill roles, and they both won jobs out of ST. Bochy made the call of Theriot over Fontenot.
Even in 2010, Sabean was up to his old, stubborn ways of sitting on his hands in the winter, and then scrounging towards the end for old vets for cheap. He got Huff from the bargain bin, not because he saw a career year and a title run, but because of his Steve Finley signing type habits. Alot of things that year fell into place. Sabean built the teams, so he gets his due, but that doesnt mean hes a great GM. It means hes knows how to field a solid team, and the scouting dept. did a phenomenal job giving him a bunch of aces in the rotation to put them over the top.
I give most all the credit to Bruce Bochy and his staff, the scouting dept., and the players. Right smack dab in the middle of our title seasons, theres Sabean making one of his most colossal bonehead moves of all time. Keith Law still uses that trade as an example of why you can never discount a GM making a stupid move.
I've been away for two days trying to catch up and just started reading but couldn't pass by this one. Really? Teams just come to Sabean (nobody else) and give players away. Scutaro...all luck. Blanco...WTF, just another lucky signing. 2010? Goddam, we were just lucky to win a WS in spite of Sabean. Just like this year.
So Sabean makes colossal bonehead moves of all times and the Giants still win two out of the last three. Stop embarrassing yourself. It's laughable.