According to BASG (who's been well connected with the team), the Giants are interested in him for what would be the last move of the offseason as far as signing major league players.
Hard to argue with Sabean's moves/strategy given his success, but seems to me that the Giants are spending a bit too much on the Bullpen and MAYBE should have invested more in a LF...ON the other hand,Lyon is not a bad reliever to have and there might be plenty of relievers to be traded for offense at the deadline..
I really like the Tanaka signing also...seems like a real solid ball player
He's lost a couple of miles off his FB, and cruises at 89-90. That said, post-surgery, he didn't throw his customary high % of sliders and opted for the cutter. Results were good.
Giants also kicked/kicking the tires on mark Lowe, the former Ranger. His FB averages 94, so I'd say he intrigues my more. Don't know his price.
Only problem with Lowe is that his career vs LHP has not been good: .285 BA & .865 OPS.
Lowe is better balanced in that respect.
Sign Wilson instead.
1. no2. No one is sure he can reach home plate with any pitch 3. He does not want any "if you can't" wording in contract4. He wants to much for untried arm5. He thinks hes better than he really is..
What he wants and what he'll get are two entirely different things.
Why wouldn't he be able to throw it home? Everyone recovers from TJ surgery, that's why they have it.
Not sure what part you didn't understand in particular, but basically what I meant to sum up is if they didn't make a move for a LF in the off-season then they felt they could get better value out of who they could make a trade for or just take on the salary of at the deadline. Makes no sense a team that is not afraid to spend money in so many areas but LF.
It is either that or they think Blanco/Torres will get the job done which I guess is possible, but seems unlikely to me.
"I understand he's a risk, but if he's payed accordingly, there's potential for a high reward."
The Giants have tried that approach with Wilson. Early in the off-season, the Giants made it be known they wanted to sign Wilson to a low base salary, but with enough incentives to actually exceed his pay from 2012.
Wilson hasn't shown a willingness to accept the opportunity to be "paid accordingly", which is why he's still on the market and not a part of the Giants' 2013 plans.
"That, and it's Bryan freaking Wilson, the guy is a Giant through and through."
You may feel that way, but apparently he doesn't.
IMO, Wilson will sign with whatever team is willing to give him a highly guaranteed deal, with minimal incentives. If no one will, he'll probably be back, hoping the Giants will give him the deal he was offered in the first place.