The message it sends to the clubhouse
This may well be the most important impact that getting rid of Pillar sends. We all know baseball is a business, but this lets every player in the Giant clubhouse know loud and clear that they are expendable.
This lets them know that they can lead the team in nearly every major offensive category, be the team’s Iron Man who is out on the field every day, never asking for a day off, win the Willie Mac Award, an award voted on by the players themselves to choose the player who best exemplifies what it means to be a Giant, and that it’s not good enough.
If your WAR and all your advanced analytics that go into Zaidi’s Willy Wonka analytics machine and it is determined that you are a bad egg, then down the chute you go Veruca!
I don’t think this means Giants players will just not try next year. But they must wonder what they would have to do to get some sort of sense of security in their job. I know I would.
No matter what your job is, if you feel more like a number instead of a human being, it is bound to affect your performance with that organization.