Esteban Loaiza Not represented by Boras, so thats a start. The former All-Star had a so-so year with the Washington Nationals last season (12-10, 3.77, 173Ks), but at age 33, it looks more and more like his breakout season with the Chicago White Sox in 2003 (21-9, 2.90, 207Ks, 2nd in AL Cy Young voting) was a fluke. It might be a mistake to go after him.
Paul Byrd Underappreciated soft-tosser. John Burkett without the bowling prowess (well, at least not publicly). Doesnt that just reek Giants free agent acquisition to you? Hes worked miracles before he won SEVENTEEN games with the 62-100 Kansas City Royals in 2002.
Jeromy Burnitz No. Please no. As someone whos hated him from afar for so long, I find that the most impressive thing about Burnitzs game is his prodigious swinging strikes. Plus, he only plays outfield, and adventurously at that.
Frank Thomas Albert Pujols now is Frank Thomas at the beginning of Thomas career. Unfortunately, the Big Hurt is hurting himself a lot more than opposing pitchers these days, and his penchant for injury deters him from playing first.
Mike Piazza How about it? Former Los Angeles Dodgers icon does damage up the Highway 101 in orange and black as a first baseman? Yeah, I think its funny, too. Going from J.T. Snow to him on the field would be like taking crack away from um, you get the point.
Jarrod Washburn How about it? Former Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim player cuts off his wings and contends for the Cy Young up the Highway 101 in orange and black? The 31-year old has a career ERA of under 4.00, but has been somewhat injury prone the past few seasons. Possible? Yes. Feasible? Maybe. Cy Young? Ha ha.
Matt Morris Henry Schulman of The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that the Giants have already had a few conversations with Morris agent. This would have been a great sign about five years ago. Now, it would be just ok, since hes been gradually losing his stuff, and is homer-prone. He is an innings eater, however.
Mark Sweeney Represented by the same agent (Barry Axelrod) as Morris. Sweeney sounds about as sexy as a typical Giants offseason acquisition. Plus, he can play both first base and the outfield. He did bat .294 last year, but hit all of 8 home runs which was still double the output of J.T. Snow! Wow!
Jeff Weaver Huh? Yes, the irascible hurler with the hair of Dakota Fanning is represented by Boras. But the Giants have reportedly asked Boras about a few of his pitchers. Provided hes economically feasible, Weaver would make an intriguing choice. As a Giant, the southern California native would bring a certain degree of ability and relative youth (29) to the team, and he wouldnt have Michael Tucker to shove around any more.
Don Shin eats, breathes, thinks, and bleeds in Orange and Black. Pac Bell Park officially opened on his 25th birthday (the one year he decided to move out of the Bay Area!!!). For the 2000 playoff drive, he dyed his hair orange while studying in Korea. He watched Game 6 of the '02 World Series at a restaurant in LA, and couldn't finish his meal afterwards. Feel free to write him at firstname.lastname@example.org to commiserate, cheer, and complain.
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