The San Francisco Giants continue to stumble in the National League playoff chase, and Wednesday they cut ties with a pair of players in Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand.
Both were designated for assignment by Giants GM Brian Sabean, according to ESPN.com, as the veteran executive cited “diminished roles” as the reason for eliminating a pair of respected veterans.
Said Sabean: “We’re at a spot in the season where we have to do some damage control with the roster. A couple things played into it. In both cases, there was diminished playing time, diminished roles. If this stays ugly, we’ve got to turn the page, look at some other people and get ready for next year, and try to win and develop at the same time.”
Not exactly encouraging news from a team looking to defend its World Series title. But the Giants are six games behind division-leading Arizona with little more than a month to play, a sizeable hole to erase the span of about 30 games.
Not impossible, though. And the release of two veteran contributors, diminished roles or not, will be viewed by some as a white flag.
In reality, though, it isn’t. The Giants can do two things at once – continue to chase the pennant while also working a few young players into the mix to get a look at what they have. Tejada and Rowand were not major players at this point, and using the roster space to get a look at some young talent is prudent for a Giants team on the precipice of falling from the race.
It isn’t over yet, and the Giants aren’t playing it that way. They are just preparing themselves for any situation.
And you can’t argue with that.