Sp_Da_Man wrote:Anyone hearing any rumors yet?
So far I've read Urbina & Julio.
Any other ideas out there?
Where did you read that? The Giants probably should go get someone, but I haven't heard anything about them moving to do so. The talk on local radio, from both inside the organization and local sports writers/reporters, is that they will stay in-house. This is generally followed by a sense of dread, more or less expressed.
I picked up Aardsma, just in case they move him up from AAA. There has been some talk that he might someday be closer for SF, but that could just be radio jockey jibber-jabber. He's someone to keep an eye on, though. He was drafted in 2003 and pitched really well for San Jose (Giants A affiliate). In 2004 they jumped him to AAA Fresno, and it's always good to keep an eye on guys who skip a level. He pitched well in Fresno, striking out almost a batter an inning, though his walk rate went up higher than you'd like to see.
They even gave him a look-see in SF last season, though he got knocked around in 11 innings. The good thing is that if they do call him up, it won't be the first time he's faced major league bats.
It's doubtful Aardsma gets the call, but if the Herges/Brower monster blows up, maybe they'll decide it's time for some on the job training.
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