Very overdue, the Giants' offense is terrible. It's a classic Sabean move to bring in an aging veteran, except in this case the veteran is still good.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
With Oakland being only 3 games back, and with the way Freddy Garcia and Gil Meche have pitched of late, I'd say the A's have a very strong chance to win the AL West. Of course, the M's are the favorites to land Bret Boone's little brother.