Sunday, December 16, 2007

California teams make interesting moves

The answer to who is going to replace Barry Bonds in the San Francisco outfield has yet to be determined.

What we do know, however, is Aaron Rowand will patrol center field at spacious AT&T Park for the forseeable future after agreeing to a five-year, $60 million contract with the Giants.

One word: Overpaid. Look Rowand is one of my favorite players to watch. He goes all out all the time. He usually leaves skin or blood or both somewhere on the outfield. He had a great offensive year in an outstanding hitter's park.

Meanwhile, down the coast, the Los Angeles Dodgers signed Hiroki Kuroda from Japan. Kuroda didn't come with the notoriety -- or price tag -- of countryman Daisuke Matsuzaka. If he has half the impact Dice-K did as a rookie, Los Angeles GM Ned Colletti will feel a lot better about life.


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