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AmarilloRed
12-12-2007, 06:39 PM
Giants Sign Rowand!
by Joe Hamrahi on Wed 12 Dec 2007 03:46 PM EST | Permanent Link

The San Francisco Giants have signed Gold Glove center fielder Aaron Rowand to a five-year contract, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced.

From the club's press release...

The 30-year-old outfielder is coming off his finest big league campaign, when he earned his first Gold Glove and All-Star accolades while helping the Philadelphia Phillies to the National League East championship. Rowand hit .309 while establishing career standards with hits (189), runs (105), doubles (45), RBI (89), total bases (315), walks (47) and games (161). He also led National League center fielders with a .995 fielding percentage and 11 assists, while ranking second with an .885 zone rating.

"Aaron (Rowand) is an all-around player who is coming into his prime and helps us check off two boxes -- an extremely talented defensive center fielder and a middle of the order presence," said Sabean. "His ability in center field definitely plays to our ballpark and will help provide more stability to our pitching staff. His no nonsense approach on the field and in the clubhouse will be welcomed. Aaron is unquestionably a winning player.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aaron Rowand wanted some long-term stability, and so did the San Francisco Giants.

Rowand agreed to a $60 million, five-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday, giving the club a Gold Glove center fielder without having to trade young pitchers Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum.

One result of this is that Giants GM Bruce Sabean has now taken both Cain or Linceum off the trade market, if indeed they ever were legitimate trade bait.

Bip Roberts
12-12-2007, 06:42 PM
lots of money but hes decent. They still wont win more than 60 games next yer

Degenerate39
12-12-2007, 07:49 PM
Aaron Rowand agrees to $60 million, 5-year deal with Giants

By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports Writer
December 12, 2007


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Aaron Rowand wanted some long-term stability, and so did the San Francisco Giants.

Rowand agreed to a $60 million, five-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday, giving the club a Gold Glove center fielder without having to trade young pitchers Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum.

The 30-year-old Rowand is expected to bat fifth for San Francisco after spending the past two seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. Before that, he helped the Chicago White Sox win the 2005 World Series.

"Bottom line, I wanted to get in a spot where I would be long term," said Rowand, who noted he weighed four or five similar multiyear offers. "In this day of free agency, that's not commonplace. That's really the thing I was looking forward to most."

He is coming off his best season yet, earning his first Gold Glove award and All-Star selection while helping the Phillies to the NL East title. Rowand batted .309 with 27 home runs and career bests of 89 RBIs, 105 runs, 189 hits and 45 doubles in 161 games.

General manager Brian Sabean repeatedly said he hoped to hold onto Cain and Lincecum, but being a last-place team it was his responsibility to be open-minded and listen.

"With this move, we will no longer listen to any offers for Cain and Lincecum," Sabean said. "We know the value of both individuals, believe me, maybe more so now that we've gone through this exercise. They might be the hottest two names in baseball."

While manager Bruce Bochy had said Rajai Davis would get a chance to earn the center-field job in spring training, Rowand was brought in to provide a consistent, hard-nosed presence at that position. That means Dave Roberts likely will shift from center to left, replacing departed home run king Barry Bonds. Randy Winn will stay in right while Davis and some of the other young outfielders share time in a reserve role. That is, if the Giants don't try to deal them -- something Sabean said is a possibility.

Bochy recently met with Rowand during a trip to Las Vegas, where the outfielder lives during the offseason.

"I said I wanted to change the culture of the clubhouse and get back to the warrior mentality and play the game hard for nine innings," Bochy said. "Aaron's the type of player who can do that. He's the type of player who can hold everyone accountable."

The Giants haven't reached the playoffs since 2003. They re-signed 11-time Gold Glove shortstop Omar Vizquel last month, but still have a hole to fill at third and possibly first. If the Giants don't bring back Pedro Feliz at third, Kevin Frandsen or Rich Aurilia might wind up playing that spot.

Sabean said San Francisco will speak to Feliz soon, but the team doesn't plan to give him a three-year deal.

"We still have to address what to do at third base," Sabean said. "We'll wade through what the possibilities are. We're not shutting it off."

The Dodgers (82-80) and Giants (71-91) brought up the rear in the NL West for just the second time since division play began in 1969.

When evaluating Rowand and the other available center fielders this offseason, Sabean said he met with his staff and checked off the many boxes where Rowand could help the club.

"Then it was just a matter of striking a chord with a contract," Sabean said. "He's a winning player. It's a pleasure he's coming to our organization. The timing is great. It will allow us to do other business without busting up our pitching."

Rowand said he believes the Giants will contend in the much-improved division. One thing is certain, many of his new fans will remember Rowand for his hard collision with the wall during May 2006 -- a game in Philadelphia against the New York Mets -- that left him with a broken nose and broken bones around his left eye.

Rowand said being known as a gritty player is the utmost of compliments.

"Hopefully, when I'm done playing this game, that's what I'll be remembered for," Rowand said.

crazybob60
12-12-2007, 07:52 PM
One result of this is that Giants GM Bruce Sabean has now taken both Cain or Linceum off the trade market, if indeed they ever were legitimate trade bait.

That is disappointing to hear, but I guess it also makes Reds choices a little bit more narrow and right now I would say the top three candidates now go to two with Haren and Bedard and to tell you the truth, I really doubt that Haren is going anywhere.

NorrisHopper30
12-12-2007, 08:02 PM
Terrible signing, he's like Ryan Freel just a better hitter. He won't be much in a few years, mark my words.

On a side note, why would SF spend this much - they won't be competing any time soon.

*BaseClogger*
12-12-2007, 08:56 PM
Steve Phillips could do a better job than Brian Sabean...

BLEEDS
12-12-2007, 09:19 PM
That is a bargain for Rowand. He was one of two (the other being that kid from Arizona) that I would have targeted in FA. He would have played a MEAN CF for the Reds, and his bat would have been 20/25 HR's in GABP without even trying...

He would have been a guy I would have targeted without Dunner in the mix.

$12M will seem Ridiculously Cheap in 5 years.

PEACE

-BLEEDS

*BaseClogger*
12-12-2007, 09:45 PM
That is a bargain for Rowand. He was one of two (the other being that kid from Arizona) that I would have targeted in FA. He would have played a MEAN CF for the Reds, and his bat would have been 20/25 HR's in GABP without even trying...

He would have been a guy I would have targeted without Dunner in the mix.

$12M will seem Ridiculously Cheap in 5 years.

PEACE

-BLEEDS

yes, but SF doesn't make any sense...

RedsKev
12-13-2007, 04:04 AM
Rowand won't put up the same offensive numbers in SF as he did in Philly, if you look at his career numbers his high in HR's and RBI excluding 2007 was 24HR & 69RBI in '04. Last years stats seem like typical walk year numbers. 60 million over five years is a lot to pay for a player who is only a proven defender. He would have fit in better on a team similar to the Phillies were he could play strong defense and let others carry the offensive load like Rollins and Howard. I don't see any Rollins or Howard types on the current Giants roster.