Giant Moves In Stretch Run; Team Drops Rowand, Tejada
September 1st 2011 00:24
Desperate times call for desperate measures.
That probably explains the San Francisco Giants moves of dropping a pair of players in outfielder Aaron Rowand and infielder Miguel Tejada, who were designated for assignment Wednesday.
In other words, the Giants lost faith in the pair to help them with their current assignment; defending their World Series title.
The Giants are apparently willing to eat $15 million in combined contracts in order to tighten up their roster for the final stretch run.
San Francisco trailed Arizona by six games going into Wednesday before toppling the Cubs 4-0, while the D-Backs played Colorado at night.
"We're at a spot in the season where we have to do some damage control with the roster. A couple things played into it. In both cases, there was diminished playing time, diminished roles," GM Brian Sabean said, according to AP.
"If this stays ugly, we've got to turn the page, look at some other people and get ready for next year, and try to win and develop at the same time."
Both veterans have struggled mightily as Rowand was batting .233 with four home runs and 21 RBI in 108 games.
Tejada was batting .239 with four homers and 26 RBI in 91 games.
The players combined for a recent slump of 5-for-44, unacceptable for a team fading fast in the NL West.
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