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San Francisco Giants 2013 Team Preview

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The San Francisco Giants caught lightning in a bottle for the second time in three years last season in winning the World Series. They parlayed a ragamuffin lineup and a makeshift pitching staff with a couple aging former stars into a title. They’ve been spoiled. There were about a four other teams last year that entered the postseason looking better on paper than the Giants.

And I’ll admit, I’ve got a little bit of a sore spot because they took the title that should have belonged to my Cincinnati Reds. At least, the NL title should have belonged to Cincinnati. We had them down two games to zero and heading back to Cincinnati for three. And then it all fell apart. Or it all came together if you’re looking at it from the San Francisco viewpoint.

They had a quiet, Giants-like offseason. They’ll be there all season long, pesky and ready to slip in and steal another title that should belong to another team and another fan base.

Major offseason moves:

  • Re-signed Angel Pagan to a 4-year, $40 million dollar contract
  • Re-signed Marco Scutaro to a 3-year, $20 million dollar contract
  • Re-signed Santiago Casilla to a 3-year, $15 million dollar contract
  • Re-signed Jeremy Affeldt to a 3-year, $18 million dollar contract

Really, the Giants offseason consisted of retention of the key components of their title run in 2012. There are few teams in baseball that underwent less change than the Giants this past offseason. This roster of familiar faces will remain competitive but will fail to capture another championship in 2013. No one can be that lucky.

Let’s look at the Giants in-depth after the jump.

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Buster Posey Will Play First Base Some in 2012

Finally an MLB team does something that I’ve been crying to see for a while. From that nifty NBC Bay Area site:

According to Brian Sabean and Bruce Bochy in Dallas at MLB’s Winter Meetings, we could see plenty of Buster Posey at first base … and some Pablo Sandoval behind the plate.

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“On the days Buster needs a day off period and wouldn’t be a first baseman or catcher, Pablo could catch [Barry] Zito starts to get more offense in the lineup and he’s open to that,” Sabean said, per Jaymee Sire of Comcast Bay Area. “Now whether that happens I don’t know but it’s been discussed.”

One step forward, two steps back.

How about this; these guys are your two best hitters. Just play them at first and third base and throw a tarp behind the dish in the form of a .220 hitter that can throw out the occasional base stealer and not screw things up too badly with their garage full of Caddilac’s that is their pitching staff.

The only thing that can stop offensive talent like Sandoval and Posey are injuries. Otherwise you’re going to wind them up and get a decade of .315 to .330 seasons in the middle of your lineup. Just put them on the corners and let them hit. Don’t waste them by using them both as catchers. Is Bruce Bochy clueless on this because he was a catcher?

This is the exact reason that when I started my franchise with the Giants on MLB the Show, I had Buster Posey at first and even sometimes shortstop. Yes, shortstop. I am an innovative MLB the Show manager.