Deals of the day: Giambi, Pavano…

DMZ · January 7, 2009 at 11:30 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Giambi returns to the A’s:

ESPN The Magazine senior writer Buster Olney reported the deal will pay Giambi $4 million in 2009 with a $6.5 million base salary for the option year in 2010. The second year would also provide for a $1.25 million buyout.

Pavano gets a 1y, $1.5m-base contract from the Indians.

Jerry Hairston reportedly will remain with the Reds, signing a 1y deal (some of you can stop hijacking threads now, thanks). Hairston would have been a nice pick for a backup infielder but it’s not hard to find a suitable replacement.

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20 Responses to “Deals of the day: Giambi, Pavano…”

  1. Mike Honcho on January 7th, 2009 11:46 am

    The A’s will be a good deal better this year, methinks…

  2. bakomariner on January 7th, 2009 12:03 pm

    The As can realistically compete with the Angels now…

    And if they can’t, you know they will trade Giambi and Holliday at the deadline, which will help them down the road…

  3. Philly M's fan on January 7th, 2009 12:17 pm

    The angels won the West by 20 games last year, and with their losses of krod and tex they are in trouble. Fuentes isnt a bad replacement, but there is a reason these 2 guys were in the top 3 of most sought after free agents. The West is alot more open then it was just 2 months ago, and for that M’s fans have to be happy!

  4. CMC_Stags on January 7th, 2009 12:25 pm

    Billy Beane, wow… Giambi on the cheap, good trade for Holliday, and that Ellis deal was insanely cheap for what he gives them.

    While I like what the M’s have done this offseason, the A’s added a ~6 WAR LF (the low side of Holliday’s 3 year average in Coors), a ~2 WAR DH/1B, and retained a ~3 WAR 2B. Nothing the M’s have done so far is of that magnitude.

    Hopefully the the M’s can upgrade a couple more positions (DH, LF, and/or SS are still on the board as easy positions to improve) to go with upgrading 1B and CF to get to that level of improvement as well.

    DMZ – You said it’s not hard to find a suitable replacement for Hairston. Is there anyone you had in mind? With Hairston gone (and not knowing in Reegie Corona will stick with the team or not), who are the best available Utility and/or Middle Infielders left on the Free Agent market? The href=”http://www.baseballprojection.com/free2009.htm”>CHONE Free Agent projection page shows Orlando Cabrera as the best available option at -13 runs offensively and UZR/150 has him at +7.2 defensively (career) at SS; though he is a Type A free agent. I still like Juan Uribe as a 2B/SS back-up as CHONE has him at -19 offensively while he is a career 2.3 UZR/150 at SS and 10.3 at 2B. That’s about 10 Runs or 1 win worse than Cabrera without the cost of the draft pick and at a much lower salary.

    Without a trade for utility player like Amezaga or a better SS that would shift Yuni to a utility role, what else is out there for the M’s?

  5. Evan on January 7th, 2009 1:03 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some smart people pick the A’s to win the AL West in 2009.

  6. shemberry on January 7th, 2009 1:14 pm

    Giambi’s deal, along with the deals for Burrell and Bradley has certainly set the market for corner players. It will be interesting to see what the likes of Dunn, Abreu, and Griffey get. I think the M’s will end up with someone at a very affordable price.

  7. terry on January 7th, 2009 1:40 pm

    Hijacking threads with Hairston talk? This truly is a bizaro free agent season.

  8. wabbles on January 7th, 2009 1:55 pm

    It’s a shame that Pavano didn’t remain with the Yankees. I was reading one of their bloggers or columnists and he just HATED Pavano and their other big free agent pitcher bust. I’m surprised the A’s paid that much for a player whose best days are behind him.

  9. Sports on a Schtick on January 7th, 2009 2:01 pm

    I would pay seven Carl Pavanos $1.5 million instead of one Jarrod Washburn $10.35 million.

  10. That Bootleg Guy on January 7th, 2009 2:21 pm

    As a life-long A’s fan, even I’m not ready to crown Oakland as champs until they address that rotation. Justin Duchscherer is the “ace” and he’s never thrown more than 141 innings in a big league season, plus I remember reading something at Fangraphs that laid out how much of his exceptional ’08 campaign could be repeated going forward (answer: not a whole lot).

    I haven’t seen any formal projections for Sean Gallagher, Dallas Braden, Dana Eveland and Gio Gonzalez, but without another FA signing or two…yikes.

  11. Gump on January 7th, 2009 2:34 pm

    I would pay seven Carl Pavanos $1.5 million instead of one Jarrod Washburn $10.35 million.

    I don’t think Washburn is that bad if he got some run support. I would rather see Batista or Silva gone then him.

  12. lokiforever on January 7th, 2009 2:56 pm

    Gump

    Duck and cover. Tying a pitcher’s worth, value or success to run support will get you in hot water around here.

  13. terry on January 7th, 2009 2:58 pm

    I’m confident that Washburn could go undefeated this season with enough run support.

  14. Gump on January 7th, 2009 3:07 pm

    Gump

    Duck and cover. Tying a pitcher’s worth, value or success to run support will get you in hot water around here.

    Yeah I know my last statement wouldn’t be popular around here but he has had a lack of run support. Silva and Batista on the other hand we lost those before the games even started….

  15. Graham on January 7th, 2009 3:14 pm

    Yeah I know my last statement wouldn’t be popular around here but he has had a lack of run support.

    And he was also quite bad.

  16. joser on January 7th, 2009 4:25 pm

    What will make Washburn batter is an improved outfield defense, which the M’s now have; it will probably make him look even better than he actually is (especially compared to last year), making him a good candidate to flip in July if they M’s aren’t challenging for anything.

  17. BobbyAyalaFan4Life on January 7th, 2009 4:32 pm

    What will make Washburn batter is an improved outfield defense, which the M’s now have

    Well, what would really make him a Batter would be if he stopped pitching a learned to hit :) It could also be Washburn Batter, like for baking…except then Silva would eat that too…
    Aaron M.

  18. Dave Clapper on January 7th, 2009 5:11 pm

    I’m hoping that improved outfield defense will make him a good candidate to flip whether the M’s are in contention or not.

  19. msb on January 7th, 2009 8:42 pm

    Baker talks deal-making

  20. BobbyAyalaFan4Life on January 8th, 2009 11:07 am

    The A’s just keep looking to ad…Now Orlando Cabrera is in their sights as well it seems…Shoudl they sign him, I wonder what they’d do with Bobby Crosby?
    But really, if they keep adding to their offense like this, they’ll certainly hang in the West. Again, to echo someone earlier, they need to address that rotation though before they surpass teh angels.
    Aaron M.

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