The past is the past, and it’s always better to look to the future. But we still thought it would be worthwhile to take a look at the players parted ways with since the end of last season.
We’ll start with Pat Burrell and Orlando Cabrera, who decided to retire after last season. And then there’s Miguel Tejada, who had the decision to retire made for him by the other 29 big league clubs who didn’t offer him a spring training invite.
But there are other ex-Giants who are still playing. So let’s take look at some of them.
Andres Torres, of, Mets: Torres was a fan favorite in San Francisco and many were sad to see him go. But after a breakout 2010, Torres could not repeat that success in 2011. Now, the Mets are hoping he will claim their starting job in CF. He’s had a modest spring, slowed some by a hip injury earlier this month. He’s hitting .273 (6 for 22) with a triple and two stolen bases. He’s only struck out twice, but only walked once.
Cody Ross, of Red Sox: Ross started the winter looking for a three-year deal. He ended up taking a one-year deal for $3 million from Boston. Now, the Red Sox are hoping Ross can hold down an outfield job until Carl Crawford gets healthy. So far, it’s looking like a good move for Boston. Ross is hitting .455 (10 for 22) with 2 HRs and 5 RBI. He’s also only struck out three times.
Ramon Ramirez, rp, Mets: Probably the most painful parting for the Giants of the offseason in terms of quality. But the bullpen was strength of the Giants. Early returns for the Mets have been mixed: 11.25 ERA, 9 hits, 5 earned runs in four innings. But he also has seven strikeouts. But Ramirez has never put up big spring numbers. He has spring ERAs of 8.71 and 7.94 the past two seasons.
Mark DeRosa, inf., Nationals: DeRosa looked done by May of last season, with a lingering wrist injury. But he says his wrist feels as good as it has since he originally hurt it back in 2009. And the spring numbers show that: .429 (6 for 14), 1 HR, 1 RBI and a whopping 8 walks, giving him an .636 OBP. It’s odd for anyone to walk that much in the spring when hitters are trying to find their stroke. But it will be a big part of DeRosa’s game as he tries to earn a bench role for the Nationals.
Jeff Keppinger, 2b, Rays: A lot of Giants fans wanted Keppinger to stay and Mike Fontenot to go. But Keppinger is not quite as versatile and a bit more expensive. Now, he’s looking for a bench job with the Rays, doing his usual Keppinger stuff: .333 (8 for 24), 1 2B, 2 RBI and two walks.
Jonathan Sanchez, lhp, Royals: The Royals were hoping to catch a diamond in the rough with Sanchez. So far, they’re just getting rocks. Sanchez has made two spring starts. In his first, he worked on throwing strikes and got tagged for three runs on four hits and no walks in one inning. His second start included two walks, and four runs on three hits in two innings. He has a 21.00 ERA in 3 IP this spring.
Aaron Rowand, of, Mia: Rowand is trying to land a reserve outfield job with the Marlins, and it’s not going well. He got a hit on Saturday, but it was just his second of the spring. He’s hitting .077 (2 for 26) with five strikeouts. Looks like he’ll be spending quality time with the family this summer, counting the $11.5 million the Giants will be paying him this season.