All-star center-fielder Aaron Rowand signed a 5 year, $60 million deal with the San Francisco Giants last night. Sources close to the event say that Bruce Bochy and Ron Schueler, Rowand’s former manager while he was with the White Sox, visited Aaron in his Las Vegas home last weekend to discuss his future. Apparently that conversation weighed heavy on his decision to join forces with San Francisco.
This move for the Giants bolsters the middle of the lineup. Bochy has said that he plans on batting Rowand 5th in the lineup behind Winn and Molina. Rowand will play center-field moving Dave Roberts over to left and keeping Randy Winn in right. Bochy also emphasized the fact that Rajai Davis, Fred Lewis and Nate Schierholtz will all be contending for starting jobs in the spring. They will be a great help out there to provide some competition, if they’re still around come spring training. Brian Sabean has opened up the possibility of trading any of those players if the Giants could get something positive in return.
The biggest part of this free agent signing, is the fact that it closes the door on the Alex Rios for Tim Lincecum trade. We don’t have to give up either of our two young aces in Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum. I am very happy that we get to see those two again next season in a Giants uniform. I think I would have cried myself to sleep if we had done that deal.