Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez had surgery on his shoulder in late December, but no one knew about it until late January. The Giants said at the time the news came out that they kept it secret at Sanchez’s request, with him not wanting people to make his health a topic of discussion. Sanchez, however, is saying that he never told the Giants that, and that he was surprised when the team said such a thing.
Well, a small one, anyway. For what it’s worth, the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly thinks that the Giants kept Sanchez’s surgery a secret because they were negotiating with utilityman Juan Uribe at the time, and if Uribe’s people knew about Sanchez, he’d have extra leverage in the negotiations. If that was the case they squandered their leverage, because Uribe still got $3.5 million, which is more than any other backup infielder got this winter.
But hey, at least they blew their integrity with respect to player injuries in the deal, so it was totally worth it.
Blue Jays closer Ken Giles hasn’t exactly turned things around since joining the Blue Jays on July 31, when the club sent embattled closer Roberto Osuna to the Astros. Giles posted a 4.99 ERA in 30 2/3 innings with the Astros, then put up a slightly less miserable 4.58 ERA in 17 2/3 innings with the Jays. Still, he’s much happier with the Jays than he was with the Astros, even after winning the World Series with them last year. He said to Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star, “I’m actually enjoying the game more than I did for my entire tenure in Houston. It’s kind of weird to say that because I won a World Series with that team. But it’s like, I just felt trapped there. I didn’t feel like myself there. Overall, I felt out of place.”
Giles also said “the communication was lost” with the Astros and it was something that came easy with the Jays. He said, “When I came here, they stayed patient with me. I said hey, I want to work on this thing till I’m comfortable. All right. OK, I’m comfortable, let’s move on to this next thing. Pitching, you can’t just try to fix everything at once. For me, I had to take baby steps to get my groove back. The Jays allowed me to do that. Yeah, the team was out of contention, but it doesn’t matter. It’s still my career. I still have to prove myself. Them being so patient with me, understanding what I want to do, was very, very big.”
Giles, 28, has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining. He has shown promise despite his overall mediocre numbers. In non-save situations this season (with both the Astros and Jays), he has a 9.12 ERA. But in save situations, his ERA is a pristine 0.38. Giles could be a closer the Jays find themselves leaning on as they attempt to get back into competitive shape. Since it sounds like Giles is quite enamored with Toronto and with the Blue Jays, a discussion about a contract extension certainly could be had.