I think it's been well advertized that I think Ethier is not very good.
He's very good when used properly, and that's against right handed pitching. I know I pointed out how good he is against righties last time we talked about this, but I'll do it again here:
The appeal to keeping Ethier is obvious. He might only do one thing well, but he’s really, really good at it: crushing righty pitching. Copying myself from a few weeks, ago, “even last year, when he struggled for months at a time, he had the 7th highest wOBA against righties of any other player, better than Josh Hamilton or Giancarlo Stanton or Joe Mauer or Chase Headley. Over the last three years, he’s 9th; over the last five, he’s 7th.” That’s not just good, it’s elite, and considering that there’s more righty pitching than lefty pitching in baseball, there’s considerable value to that. As I’ve begged for over the last four years or so, if you just accept he’ll never hit lefties and find him a decent platoon partner, his overall line will make him look like a star and we’ll all be happy to sit back and watch him rake. That’s the kind of player that’s very difficult to give up.
Ethier is basically a quicker version of Garrett Jones, who costs about 6 times as much.
Seattle would be making a huge mistake in trading for a guy who's going to be making roughly $17 million a year and needs to be used situationally. He can't hit lefties any better than a replacement player could.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
The only Giants news since what feels like the world series win was the whole Sergio Romo thing in Vegas. That's not good to get bad news like that, even though it sounded pretty harmless for the most part. Still, having a lapse of judgement in that situation is disconcerting.
Can't wait till the new season. It feels like once Pitchers and Catchers report, things really start getting exciting in terms of anticipation, and I already know I'm going to at least 3, on paper, good games at AT&T this year.