Sabean hit the jackpot this year. At the end of August, I did a post comparing the Nats and the Giants offensive numbers, and it was scary how close they were on every stat. Granted, they play in PacBell or whatever it is called now, but basic stats like AVG and OBP, advanced stats like wOBA; runs too. They surpassed us in September, but that really is a product of the rebuild by Sabean and the willingness of Bochy to drop failing players out of his line up. Sanchez, Ross, Burrell were in season pick ups, Torres took over CF from Rowand, even though Rowand had the bigger contract, Rentaria was confined to the bench to let Uribe play, they shipped out Molina to let Posey play, and they were willing to swap out Panda when he became a liability, notwithstanding his national image.
Sabean has gotten much grief for the age of their roster over the years, but he kept enough of his young arms, and, to the extent that older players were undervalued in the FA market, made the smart move for guys like Huff and Uribe. He should be Exec of the year, if the voters have their eyes open.