I never thought much about money and contracts much when I was a younger fan. These days, I probably think too much about them. (Cot's Contracts is one of my favorite sites.) Unfortunately, we can't ignore the economics of the game anymore. The "dismal science" is a part of baseball analysis whether we like it or not. Good thing, then, we have FanGraphs to help us sort it all out.
Take a look at Jack Moore's recent post about Adam LaRoche, or Matt Klaassen's on the Holliday deal. Both stories have something to do with the Giants. Both make you think about transactions with an eye toward value. The San Francisco Sabeans are the poster child for bad deals, as we know. Who does their analysis? There seems to be no end of smart guys out there in cyberspace doing first-rate work. Do we employ these fellows? And if we don't--why don't we? I have to think we'd make better use of our dollars if we did.
Then again, we got some amazing value over the last two years out of Tim Lincecum for about a million bucks. Maybe I'm being too hard on The Three Stooges (Nuke, Sabes, and Baer). I suppose as long as our farm system can continue to produce talent like Jonathan Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval, we'll be OK.