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Free-falling Giants drop Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand

Aug 31, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

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Yesterday the Giants lost for the 21st time in 31 games, falling six games behind the Diamondbacks in the NL West, and today the front office had a mini-house cleaning by designating veterans Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand for assignment.

Tejada was signed to a one-year, $6 million contract to take over as the Giants’ starting shortstop despite all kinds of evidence that he couldn’t handle the position defensively at age 37.

He was quickly moved to third base and then the bench, hitting just .239 with four homers and a .596 OPS in 91 games. And the final straw may have been the former MVP’s public complaints about being asked to lay down a sacrifice bunt earlier this week.

Rowand still has another season remaining on a five-year, $60 million contract, so the Giants will be paying him $12 million in 2012 whether he’s still on the roster or not. Rowand got that deal following a career-year in 2007, but has hit just .253 with a .704 OPS in 509 games since then and had started just 16 games since the All-Star break. It’s possible the Giants will be able to find a taker for Rowand if they eat all of that salary.

That the moves come one day before rosters expand from 25 to 40 is awfully telling. Pat Burrell was called up from the minors to fill one of the roster spots along with Triple-A first baseman Brett Pill.

  1. dlevalley - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:51 PM

    Wow. This is awesome news.

    • thekcubrats - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:15 PM

      Now if only Sabes could summon enough Cutty Sark courage to release Huff and Cody into the wild…

      • jamie54 - Aug 31, 2011 at 3:00 PM

        ..and Zito.

      • thekcubrats - Aug 31, 2011 at 5:33 PM

        yes, Zito, and DeRosa and Burrell, too, what an indictment and near cancellation of the good done today to bring him back for some more pray-for-lightning wishcasting with a dead vet… and holy mother of pearl, did Bochy really start DeRosa at 1B today hitting fifth I say fifth v. a dead RHP leaving both Belt and the quasi-animate Huff on the bench? v. Rodrigo Lopez? while we’re clearing deadwood…

  2. firedude7160 - Aug 31, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Is there time for a team to pick one of them up before they would be ineligible to play in the playoffs? I ask because I have no clue

    • dlevalley - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      I think if a player is not on the roster by tomorrow, they cannot be on the playoff roster (unless they are replacing an injured player).

      So I think a team would have to sign them tonight. I could be wrong, though. Or a team could “injure” a bad player, and sign one of them as a replacement.

      Don’t know why any team would want to though.

      • bayballtim - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:11 PM

        Those would have to be some pretty bad players to want one of these guys to replace them.

      • dlevalley - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:27 PM

        Actually (now that I think about it more) I think they have ten days to be traded or released by SF. So in order for a team to include either on the playoff roster, they would need to trade for one of them tonight, or trade to replace an injured player.

        Or wait 10 days until they are released outright, then sign them to replace an injured player.

        Not that it matters.

        Although, Rowand does still play a decent center field. There could be a spot for him on a playoff team looking for a late-inning, veteran-oozing, grit-filled “guywhosebeenthere”.

      • firedude7160 - Aug 31, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        “There could be a spot for him on a playoff team looking for a late-inning, veteran-oozing, grit-filled “guywhosebeenthere”.”

        That is the exact situation I had in mind when asking my question. He would be a guy that I would want as a defensive replacement/veteran leader on the bench. He may be having a bad year at the plate, but he still plays the outfield with reckless abandon

  3. rhandome - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Bye Miggy! We won’t miss you!

  4. gogigantos - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    was always told it was never too late to admit a mistake,,,,
    but I am not a MLB GM and this may be just a bit late,,,,
    and also, surely, not his decision entirely or even at all,,, like many other decisions I want to pin to his skull, the fool Sabes may not be all responsible for the follies that are the Giants the last years, pleasantly interrupted by a World Championship, as I think he is
    but, still,,, good to see a mistake admitted,, even at this late date,,,,,,, large money swallowed,, hope it is just the first gulp to freedom

    • granted42 - Aug 31, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      He won’t get credit for the Rowand mistake until he dumps Zito, which was a much bigger, and obvious, mistake.

  5. Jonny 5 - Aug 31, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    What is Rowand doing in that picture, trying to plug ant hills?

    • firedude7160 - Aug 31, 2011 at 4:14 PM

      Photo caption: Rowand is informed that he has been designated for assignment after sliding into first base

  6. kcrockett1 - Aug 31, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Congrats to Bill Neukom and the rest of ownership for the willingness to swallow that cash. It might not be enough for this year, but that opens up two spots to try and improve going into ’12.

  7. nogoodtomedead - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    As worthless as Ross, Burrell, Huff, DeRosa, and Zito are- I think this is a attitude move. Ross made a comment the other week about players being selfish- I have a feeling Tejada and Rowand were the heart of that. We all saw the Tejada bunt fiasco the other night, and while Rowand seems like a good team guy he has been difficult in the past with not wanting to play anywhere besides CF, and maybe has become more of a problem since he is terrible and playing less and less. Sure-there are a lot of other players not contributing much- but I think they are still good team players.

  8. bobulated - Aug 31, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Now Miggy has some spare time to hit the cage and practice bunting.

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