Giants Roster Moves 8/31/11

One day before the MLB rosters expand to a 40-man roster, the Giants made some significant moves. Pat Burrell was re-instated from the DL and the Giants officially purchased the contract of Brett Pill from AAA. The first move wasn’t too much of a surprise because Pat’s foot is healed, and management hopes he can provide that spark that he provided last year during the playoff run. The second move, however, is a little more surprising seeing that Brett Pill hadn’t been discussed all year. To many Giants fans, this is good news because Pill was hitting .312 with 25 home runs and 107 RBI’s this season. Additionally, he can play first base, second base, 3rd base, and left field, so he’s a strong utility player. He also has been the Fresno Grizzlies’ MVP for the past 2 seasons. All in all, 2 great roster additions. It gets better though.

The Giants designated for assignment Aaron Rowand and Miguel Tejada. YAY!!!!!! Finally! If you’ve watched your share of Giants games this year, I don’t have to tell you that this is GREAT news. Neither were producing the way the Giants hoped they would. They were both aging players who were way past their prime and didn’t really provide any extra help in any way. Rowand had some occassional pinch hit home runs and would sometimes make some nice plays in the outfield, however Pat Burrell is a better option and a better fit in the clubhouse. On the contrary, there were several rumors that Tejada was not happy in the clubhouse and wasn’t feeling appreciated. Appreciated for what? Doing nothing? Anyway, when asked to lay down a sacrifice bunt in a recent game, he pouted and scowled after bunting and basically gave Ron Wotus (acting manager for the game since Bochy was ejected) the death stare. Not exactly the type of personality that you want in a clubhouse that is already stressed out and doesn’t need unnecessary, childish drama. Tejada takes the Biedrins award. He is the definition of uselessness, and I’m very relieved that he is gone.

Great day for the Giants in order to upgrade the roster. Hopefully they can get a win against the Cubs today.

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