The Aaron Rowand era has ended. According to a report out of Chicago, the Giants have agreed on a 5-year deal with the centerfielder. Financial terms have yet to be released.
Beerleaguer: Considered a longshot to stay in Philadelphia all along, Rowand gets the five-year deal he was seeking, something the Phils were unwilling to offer. Rowand will be a perfect fit for the Giants. The Bonds era is over. The Giants need to remake themselves with new leadership and better chemistry. He can teach them to be winners. Credit some of those Rowand clubhouse intangibles as having a small part in the Phils staying at it and gutting out a division title. Listen to anyone connected with the club and they'll say Rowand's influence was something you couldn't put a price on.
A five-year commitment would more than cover it for me, frankly. This is a major commitment for a player who may never repeat the season he had in '07, playing half his games in the hitter-friendly confines of Citizens Bank Park, where his OPS was nearly 100 points higher. Let's be honest; he was a lucky hitter, too. For the first two months, he flirted with .400. His reckless abandon also makes this deal a real gamble for Brian Sabean's ballclub.
Rowand had a great season, remained steady at the plate, supplied clutch hits and gave it his all in center. He will be missed, and something tells me his teammates will miss him more. Good luck, and lay off the high stuff.