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Do buying teams that trade early tend to get fleeced?

Last week, with the Giants struggling, Brian Sabean was asked about potential trades. The GM acknowledged that he has the payroll room to add players, but cautioned that he wouldn’t expect anything soon, since this time of year isn’t conducive to trading:

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December 6, 2012 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Sabean Keeps the Gang Together

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Ben Lindbergh

Second-half hero Marco Scutaro gets a surprisingly long and totally predictable contract to remain with the Giants.



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October 31, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: Brian Science

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Ian Miller

The Giants' GM is not an idiot, but now Ian understands why some people think he is.

"I cannot forecast to you the action of Brian Sabean. He is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key.”

—Winston Churchill

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Ben and Sam discuss the start of the offseason and what the Giants' second World Series win in three seasons says about GM Brian Sabean.

Ben and Sam discuss the start of the offseason and what the Giants' second World Series win in three seasons says about GM Brian Sabean.

Episode 71: "The Giants Win the World Series/Assessing Brian Sabean"

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Did Bruce Bochy step over the line in having an opponent's scout removed from a team practice?

There was not a whole lot of bad blood between the Giants and Angels coming out of the 2002 World Series, and a decade later, the wounds inflicted on this then-12-year-old fan have mostly healed. The sight of a rally monkey still makes me cringe, but there is no longer any internal debate as to which Los Angeles-area franchise I find less tolerable.

Wednesday’s tiff between Angels scout Jeff Schugel and Giants manager Bruce Bochy won’t do much to change that, but it does raise the issue of talent evaluators’ access to other teams’ facilities. Bochy told CSN Bay Area’s Andrew Baggarly that he was putting his players through a “fundamental drill,” and intimated that rival scouts have no place at such activities.

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The Giants have a lot of misplaced faith in the depth of their starting rotation.

Barry Zito is going through deliveries like frat houses go through 30-racks of beer. The latest version is supposed to add drop and drive to his delivery, giving him more momentum toward the plate, and perhaps putting some extra gas on his mediocre fastball.

Unfortunately for the Giants, their $126 million man is not an old dog up to new tricks. Zito has been using this trick—claiming he has altered his mechanics—for five years, giving fans futile hope that he might finally reinvent himself. It has not worked to date, and it probably will not work in 2012.

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December 2, 2011 9:00 am

On the Beat: Still Sabean After All These Years

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John Perrotto

The longest-tenured GM's tenure gets a little longer.

He has not been the central character in a major motion picture like Billy Beane. He is not a front office version of a rock star like Theo Epstein. His nickname does not appear in headlines in the back pages of the tabloids like Brian Cashman (“Cash” for short).

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What an unlikely World Series win can tell us about the importance of accentuating the positive.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Grant Brisbee has been writing about the Giants since 2003, and for McCovey Chronicles on the SB Nation network since 2005. He was a columnist for Giants Magazine for the past two years, and he will be an editor at SBNation/MLB this season. His performance as "Action" in a high school staging of West Side Story received rave reviews from Jeff Brantley, whose babysitter was in the play.

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January 3, 2005 12:00 am

Method to the Madness

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Thomas Gorman

The Giants have made a number of moves heavily criticized by analysts. Is there an overarching strategy driving the decisions, and can they be defended?

And he keeps on winning.

Since Sabean took over in 1997, the Giants have gone 738-557. That .570 mark is the second-best in the NL in that span (behind the Braves), and fourth best in all of MLB. Since '97, the Giants have never finished worse than second in their division. Of the 1295 games they've played in that time, no more than a dozen have failed to have playoff implications. By any accounting it's a sterling record of success.

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January 16, 2004 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Wests

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Baseball Prospectus

The Angels go on a spending spree. The Dodgers frustrate their fans. The A's wheel and deal. The Padres are bullish about 2004. Our tour of major league transactions continues with a visit out West.

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Ned Colletti's finishing his seventh season as Assistant General Manager of the San Francisco Giants. A former sportswriter who got his start in baseball in the Cubs public relations department, Colletti cut his teeth under Dallas Green and Jim Frey in Chicago and Bob Quinn and Brian Sabean in San Francisco. One of the most prolific contract negotiators in the game, he's completed about 350 player contracts worth $750 million during his career, including the last two Barry Bonds contracts for the Giants. Colletti and GM Brian Sabean have presided over a Giants team that's been eliminated from playoff contention for a total of 11 days over the last seven years, on track for a fourth playoff appearance this season. He recently chatted with BP about the role of an assistant GM, the Sidney Ponson trade, and why the Giants sign and trade for the players they do.

Baseball Prospectus: What's a typical day for you? What's your role with the Giants?

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