The San Francisco Giants have released OF Aaron Rowand and INF Miguel Tejada. Both veterans were DFA’d last Thursday and apparently the club was unsuccesful in finding any trade partners.
Rowand is earning $12 million this season and is under contract through 2012 for the same salary. Tejada signed a one-year/$6.5 million deal in December. Both players were struggling mightily at the plate and Tejada had just recently come off the DL when he was DFA’d.
Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News indicated on the day both players were designated that Rowand’s disposition toward not being a starter had become a problem in the clubhouse. Beyond that, Rowand’s only success at the plate this year seemed to come in pinch-hitting roles (.293/.293/.586, 3 of his 4 HRs) and $12 million is a big price for a guy who gives you one AB off the bench every few nights.
It’s not solely on the shoulders of Rowand and Tejada that the Giants most likely won’t have a chance to defend their World Series title, the first in the club’s history in San Francisco. But with the September callups being added to the roster, these were sound moves, the high price tag notwithstanding.