The San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals surprised nobody and were finally able to pull off the deal that had been in the rumor mill for about a month now. The only thing surprising about this deal is the fact that the Royals threw in so much money and that we didn't give up Brandon belt to get him. At least I'm hoping we didn't! (The Royals will be getting a Player To Be Named Later and usually this means that the Giants gave them a list of names they could pick from and I would be SHOCKED if Belt's name was on there. It probably wasn't because he would probably already be on his way to Kansas City right now if he was.
This is another solid, if unspectacular deal for Brian Sabean this season. Guillen is in a contract year, has good power, and has just gained 15.5 games in the standings. He is in a position where he can succeed. I know everybody is worried about his defense and about his low average over the last month or so but the defense hasn't hurt the Giants so far when it comes to Pat Burrell and Aubrey Huff and the average can be thrown out the window because Guillen suddenly has some motivation.
Think about it. Guillen is a guy who is labeled as a complainer and a malcontent. He throws tantrums, criticizes his teammates, and is just a negative presence altogether. These kinds of guys need a reason to get motivated. he has been sitting in K.C. waiting for the day that they traded him away. Now, he is on a contender and he will be close to the lead on Sportscenter almost every night. He will be able to put up numbers to pad his next contract, which hopefully will not be coming from the Giants.
I am a little concerned that Bochy has already anointed him the everyday Right Fielder, but Boch also said that Burrel would be coming off the bench and he is in the lineup every day. Maybe Bochy means the opposite of what he says! ( really if you look back at a lot of Bochy's quotes it's true!)
Anyway, Guillen is not Adam Dunn But he is the best that the Giants are going to be able to do without giving up Jonathan Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, and Brandon Belt.
Oh and the way I envision the lineup with Guillen and the resurgent Panda:
Torres, Sandoval, Posey, Burrell, Huff, Uribe, Guillen, Sanchez