He's costing the Giants $16 million this year, and even with Bonds in the lineup, they're only 10th in runs.
Which is a shame, because their pitching (uhhhh, the starters anyway) is good, and they have the potential for a dominating rotation in a year or two. Consider:
- Matt Cain has had some hard luck, but his ERA is almost a run under the National League average.
- Tim Lincecum is living up to the hype, so far.
- Noah Lowry (!) has been better than Cain.
- Matt ("Lazarus") Morris is the staff ace.
- Oh, and then there's Zito. I have to think he'll come around, even if for now he's the most expensive #5 starter in baseball history.
That, folks, is a rotation. For 2009, the Giants *MUST* ditch Bonds and get some hitting, because if these guys pitch anything like this, they're going to be very impressive. The team is perfectly set up to move past Bonds, but to do so they actually have to move past him.
(Oh, and Russ Ortiz, thanks for playing. Welcome to long relief, until someone gets hurt.)