Giants: 3 reasons why cutting Kevin Pillar sends awful message
What it does for team morale
By all outward signs that one could pick up on, Kevin Pillar was well-liked by his teammates. With Hunter Pence gone, he was the sort of play-everyday lead by example guy that they may have needed in the clubhouse.
Plus, you don’t win the Willie Mac Award if everyone thinks you are a jerk. So Pillar seems like a pretty good dude. The Giants still have good guys in that clubhouse, but with a new manager coming in, it would not have hurt to have kept a well-liked veteran around to make the transition a little easier.
But with Zaidi wanting the team to get younger, he most likely figured that the team has too many veterans as it is and thinks leaders like Buster Posey will be able to step up and provide leadership.
But do not undervalue the danger of a disgruntled clubhouse. Who knows how the team feels about the Kapler hire, but you can be sure there are a lot of guys who are at the very least disappointed that Pillar won’t be around next year.