Good Concept, but Missed a Few Things
A few points:
- Saying Granderson is better than Jackson doesn't match up with the stats. Since the trade, Granderson has produced WAR seasons of 4.1, 5.3, and 2.7. Jackson: 4.8, 4.8, 5.2. Granderson's better power is more than offset by Jackson's better OBP and defense. Plus Jackson is 6 years younger. Granderson is actually a perfect example of one of your principles of what NOT to do; overpay for a star over the age of 28 and on the decline.
- The Granderson trade happened in 2009, not 2008. His first year with NY was not a near-MVP season; he didn't receive a single vote.
- Giving the Giants credit for developing Vogelsong in the minors is not entirely accurate. He was drafted by SF, traded to Pittsburgh 2 years later, and spent 6 years in the minors there. He's an anomaly altogether, a journeyman pitcher with a career ERA of 6.00 (!) who suddenly became a star at age 33.
- Zach Greinke throws a baseball with his right hand.
- Bernie Williams belongs in the class of "home-grown", not a savvy free agent signing.
- Gary Brown had nothing to do with the Giants' two World Series. We don't even know if he's a good major leaguer yet.
Good concept and good principles, just needed a little fact-checking.