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Fighting Fire With Fire: Why the San Francisco Giants Should Be Major Players for Robinson Cano

Fighting Fire With Fire: Why the San Francisco Giants Should Be Major Players for Robinson Cano

Cano This is not going to be a popular article. History shows that players who make over 20 Million Dollars per year for multiple years, usually kill franchises in the long run. But the Giants have a big problem in the NL West: The Dodgers. The Dodgers have more money than the federal government, and spend like the federal government too. They can literally buy everybody, and that means that if the Giants want to compete, they’re going to have to fight fire with fire. That means cutting ties with Hunter Pence and Vogelsong, and making a play for Cano. Now, I love Hunter Pence, he’s one of my favorite Giants, and a hell of a ball player; but, with that being said, The San Francisco Giants should not re-sign him in the offseason. He is probably going to command 16-18 Million dollars for three years, and while the Giants CAN afford to give him what he is asking for, they need to make a big splash this offseason to compete with the Dodgers in the NL West. Having more cash on hand would allow them to do so. And in order to get a top flight guy, Hunter Pence is going to have to be the casualty. I’ve written down scenarios in my last article regarding the Giants payroll, but in my opinion, they’d have to re-sign two of their pitchers, meaning Lincecum and Gaudin, while letting go of Pence and Vogelsong. It is harder to replace good starting pitching in the Major Leagues with free agents than it is a good starting right fielder. The Giants would have 45.75 Million dollars to work with if they brought back everyone except for Pence and Vogelsong. That is quite a bit of dough to work with, and with that they can bring in a top flight guy, or a few top flight guys. The Giants have the ability this offseason to add major talent through free agency, and raise talent through the minor leagues. Not many teams have the ability to do that. Tampa Bay and the A’s can grow top flight talent, but they can’t afford to sign a top flight free agent from outside of the organization. Only a handful of teams, Giants and Dodgers included can both afford to sign big name talent, and grow talent through their minor league system. The issue regarding the Giants signing major, top flight free agents is that the top flight guys, we’ve seen, do not want to come to San Francisco as the ballpark is too big and that superstar cannot put up the statistical numbers he would in a different ballpark. Not to mention, San Francisco is not as big a market as New York or Los Angeles. And JayZ, being “not a business man, but a business, man” may not permit his largest client Robinson Cano to come to the Giants. By the way, I understand that JayZ (or the artist formerly known as Jay-Z?) isn’t Cano...

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1914 translation by H.

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Section 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum", written by Cicero in 45 BC

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"On the other hand, we denounce with righteous indignation and dislike men who are so beguiled and demoralized by the charms of pleasure of the moment, so blinded by desire, that they cannot foresee the pain and trouble that are bound to ensue; and equal blame belongs to those who fail in their duty through weakness of will, which is the same as saying through shrinking from toil and pain. These cases are perfectly simple and easy to distinguish. In a free hour, when our power of choice is untrammelled and when nothing prevents our being able to do what we like best, every pleasure is to be welcomed and every pain avoided. But in certain circumstances and owing to the claims of duty or the obligations of business it will frequently occur that pleasures have to be repudiated and annoyances accepted. The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains."

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6 comments

  1. Nicholas montano

    great article! strong argument but I would like to see Giancarlo Stanton. but cano is a good option because we do have arms in the farm system but they are 2 years away. sign a bat!!!

  2. CANO is lazy selfish now he will be worse with a big money deal please pass on him not a GIANT that’s for sure

  3. Avatar of Steve Fishman

    Nic,

    I’d like to see Stanton too. And I think think they should Skyler White the GM and just ask for a price to part with him. But, this would be an easier option, if you could call it that

  4. “The issue regarding the Giants signing major, top flight free agents is that, the top flight guys, we’ve seen, do not want to come to San Francisco, as the ballpark is too big, and that superstar cannot put up the statistical numbers he would in a different ballpark”

    The real issue is that your grammar is God awful.

  5. Interesting.

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