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Yikes: The Giants plan to play Jose Guillen in right field

Aug 13, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed that the newly-acquired Jose Guillen will be the everyday right fielder, moving Aubrey Huff back to first base.

What does it tell you when even Dayton Moore and the Royals preferred to use Guillen almost exclusively as a designated hitter this season?

Huff is no great shakes as an outfielder himself, but this decision also means that the hot-hitting Pat Burrell will remain the everyday left fielder, effectively putting two of the worst defensive outfielders in all of baseball on one field at the same time. It’s a good thing Andres Torres has a background as a track athlete, because he’s gonna need it playing center field between these two.

Defense aside, Giants fans should already be concerned that Guillen has batted just .175 (17-for-97) with just two home runs and 12 RBI since the start of July. Fortunately, the Royals are picking up most of the tab on this one, so if he’s lousy or a malcontent, the Giants have no obligation to keep him.

  1. Jason @ IIATMS - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Maybe they can move their 2B to the OF and play four-across, softball style?

  2. Kiwicricket - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    I like your thinking Jason. I was along the lines of swapping the infield with the outfield. In theory they would have to run less distance right? Burrell would only flounder in a maximum 10ft radius.

  3. D.J. Short - Aug 13, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Ha. That explains Fontenot!

  4. JBerardi - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:13 PM

    Who the hell is running this franchise?! Is Brian Sabian just three chimps in a human-sized suit? Seriously, this is a crime against baseball itself.

  5. Joe - Aug 13, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    How badly does Travis Ishikawa suck? You’d think he’d be in the lineup against RHP.

  6. APBA Guy - Aug 13, 2010 at 3:16 PM

    Los Gigantes big problem in the stretch drive is that Timmy is unreliable, ie not showing the form of a 2-time Cy Young winner. As a result Sabean has to scramble to try to get more offense to compensate, and this means sacrificing some defense. With Guillen and Burrell, in that big, big outfield, this is risky. But it’s the cheap option. He’s giving up nothing to make these moves. And that’s about what he has to spend. Remember he’s got Rowand’s contract on the bench and Zito’s contract paying him about twice what he’s worth, plus Renteria. That’s a lot of sunk money for a team paying off its stadium financing.

  7. Marklar - Aug 13, 2010 at 3:45 PM

    Im not sure what has to happen for HBT to say a good thing about Giants baseball – they’re 16 game above .500, a couple games back in the division and leading the wild card. If the Yankees made this move, the writers would mark the move as adding depth without giving up anything. Check the archives, Im sure you hated the Pat the Bat move too at the time. Maybe you should close the book on the Giants again and say they’re done because last time you did that they went on a 21-5 tear.

  8. Jimee Johnson - Aug 14, 2010 at 1:32 PM

    Tim Lincecum unreliable? Maybe he is not lights out every single start, but:
    in 155.2 innings pitched he has given up 144 hits, has 163 strikeouts, and a respectable 3.41 ERA. At 11-6, he wins almost twice as much as he loses, and would have a better won-lost record if the Giants had given him run support in the first inning. Timmy is still the man!

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