Sabean sees a San Francisco team that can contend.
Not in two seasons, not next season, but in 2008.
"As long as we've got a chance to stay in and around third place, why not?" Sabean said as he stood along the dugout rail and watched his players take batting practice ... "Between what people thought of us and how we're actually performing, I think these guys have a lot to be proud of."
The Chronicle used quotation marks, so apparently Sabean actually said those things out loud.
His Giants are, in fact, currently in third place in the N.L. West. They're also 17-25 and 9.5 games behind the first place Diamondbacks. San Francisco is next-to-last in the N.L. in runs scored (150), very near the bottom in team OBP (.316), and dead-last in home runs (26). They're are also in the bottom half of the league in team ERA (4.36).
There may not be a team in baseball that has met our expectations as perfectly as San Francisco.
Naturally, their general manager believes that if they stay the course, the (immediate) future is bright:
"If anything, we're going to be a second-half team."
With that in mind, Sabean said he does not contemplate moving his most marketable experienced players before the trade deadline, as many rebuilding teams do.
So if you were worried about the impact a trade might have on, say, Benjie Molina's fantasy value, fear not. The Giants are contending until further notice.
(Note: The good folks at Fantasy Baseball Cafe are discussing the Chronicle story right now).
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