Greek Giant

This is what a smart organization does:

The Ruf signing is a no-brainer as Tim McCarver would say. It is a two-year contract extenstion worth $6.25 million and quite frankly, seems a bit low considering the contributions Darrin Ruf is expected to give the team’s offense.

The agreement to terms with Dominic Leone, Yaz and Curt Casali is called taking care of your players. I have never understood why ballclubs and their billionaire owners would engage in contentious, downright nasty fights over a few dollars with their own players/employees in the arbitration process. It can get ugly very fast. I have read many stories of players emerging from arbitration with dread and anger, reducing them to angry workers forced to play with bitterness for owners they despise.

With the Giants avoiding arbitration with the above players one sees the wisdom of keeping your players happy. It should be obvious to all. Unfortunately, with today’s and yesterday’s ethos of greed, it is rare to see teams work in good faith.

Bravo Farhan and Bravo Giants.

Brett Auerbach Opening a Few Eyes

The versatile infielder/catcher Brett Auerbach has performed very well so far in the Cactus League and in camp. He is catching the attention of Gabe Kapler and the Giants staff.

“You dream about having a guy who maybe turns into a utility player, but who is a real catcher. You can then have potentially three catchers on a roster at some point and have a guy who can really move around the diamond.”

-Gabe Kapler

Today’s Game

The Diamondbacks play the Giants in Scottsdale. Game time is 1:05 PM.