Bobby Evans

Giants lose out on Lester, gain a quote machine

Bobby Evans SF Giants Parade

The Giants lost out on the Jon Lester sweepstakes before a winner was announced. Hardly a shock, since the Giants spent all day letting everyone down gently. Bobby Evans had a message to send in the early part of Tuesday: it’s nothing we did wrong, we were just unable to ignite a spark with Lester, a guy who still had chemistry with a couple of old flames: the Red Sox (the team that traded him to Oakland, half-expecting to get him back) and the Cubs (Theo, Theo, wherefore art thou Theo).

That Evans spent a good portion of his day lowering expectations seemed totally normal. Lester could very well get seven years if some of these reports are correct, and $150 million seems to be a baseline, not a ceiling. Even with SI’s Sportsman of the Year pitching more innings than the second, third and fourth starters combined in the postseason, the Giants weren’t likely to hand out a contract with a higher total value than Buster Posey’s $167 million, or a higher annual average value than Matt Cain’s $25.5 million, to an outsider.

After a few hours, the Giants came to the realization that they were completely out of the running for Lester, and Evans — usually Brian Sabean’s dutiful messenger — became Captain Catchphrase.

I would’ve preferred “Giants, please pack your knives and go,” but not everyone has the same taste in reality shows.

Kind of an old-fashioned phrase in the era of FasTrak, but OK.

Your mom. Just kidding, Evans seems like he’d be a decidedly G-rated comedian. Like Bill Cosby. Wait, bad example. Anyway, I’m sure what Evans was referring to was the National League West. No, that’s not it either. What could it be …

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AdrianReynolds
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I don’t like to quote @LOLKNBR, but “mic drop” in reference “we finish first…”

Ruthless_Sports
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BASportsGuy “your mom”

BASportsGuy
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Ruthless_Sports Since this post didn’t break any news, & everyone knew they weren’t signing him, I was wondering if anyone would catch that

Ruthless_Sports
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BASportsGuy the greatest sentence you’ve ever written

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Ruthless_Sports I can’t disagree

cjbarresi75
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cjbarresi75

Ruthless_Sports BASportsGuy bringing up the Coz hurts bro. It hurts deep.

tylerschwalm
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tylerschwalm

BASportsGuy Dam what is the Redsox payroll gonna look like? Maybe the highest in MLB history? Pablo/Lester 50 mil by themselves!

Tod in Austin
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Tod in Austin

I used to like and respect the Red Sox, but then they turned into the Yankees.

themarywalton
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Ruthless_Sports BASportsGuy I second that

Otis Byrd III
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Otis Byrd III
It would’ve been nice to see Lester with the Giants, but he is 31 and 6 or 7 yrs is just too much to commit to any pitcher in general. He probably would be another Zito, even though Lester is a WAY better pitcher. I wonder if the Zito deal has gotten the Giants a little shellshocked to commit to FA pitchers long term, even though I guess Lester took the Giants out of consideration. The Giants are running out of options. We’ll see what else they can do. Nice quote by Evans though. Yes, the Giants finish second to singing… Read more »
regulus3333
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regulus3333

upton and chris johnson….get it fucking done sabes

T
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T

Tod in Austin i can definitely see the Red Sox getting both Lester & Shields.  Just my hunch.

regulus3333
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regulus3333

i love going to bed every night and knowing that Sabes isn’t going to trade the favorite players of my friends and family……

one word though…..

DYNASTY

lime
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lime

Bringing in Lester means World Series Championship!!!

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There is a big problem that Bobby Evans is the “face” of the Giants front office and not the Curmudgeon, sabean.

That means there will be more teams trying to lure him away from the Gians!

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As a Giants fan who wants every all star player NOW, I’m bummed we didn’t get Lester. And it stings that it feels like we got played by his representatives.

But as a businessman, I would never go more than 4 years on a 30 yr old who was in the $23m+ range.

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regulus3333 Hunter Strickland, Gary Brown,Matt Duffy for Upton.  No way Im trading Panik either.  Neither Susac, since i dont expect Héctor Sánchez to return.

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@T regulus3333 The Braves don’t want our garbage. Gary Brown, LOL get real, he’s not even a big league talent. Strictland is J.Rocker 2.0, a red neck red ass so they may have some interest there.

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Otis Byrd III Agree, too many years

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Lester will pitch in a place that be a hitter’s park more that 60% of the time. When the wind blows out in Wrigley so does the ball, and on them warm sunny days? The ball flies out. Not exactly a pitcher friendly park like AT&T.

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