The 2013 San Francisco Giants had a weird year coming off their World Championship which saw them go 76-86 and finish fourth in the NL West.
This season will be interesting for the Giants. They are a veteran team with much enough of the core remaining from the World Championship runs that if they were to make a run, it wouldn’t be completely shocking. At the same time, I look at this Giants roster and I just don’t get excited. That’s not different from how I felt writing the 2010 and 2012 season previews for the Giants.
Really, the Giants play a certain style of game out in that big park by the bay. It’s a slow paced game most nights. There are a lot of ugly wins. The Giants have built a quality organization of which the main cornerstones remain in-tact. They will be competitive, but they have a few blemishes we see that will keep them from making a serious run in 2014.
Major Off-season Moves:
Signed Tim Hudson to a 2-year, $23 million dollar contract
Signed Mike Morse to a 1-year, $6 million dollar contract
Signed Tyler Colvin
Signed Hunter Pence to a 5-year, $90 million dollar contract extension
Signed Tim Lincecum to a 2-year, $35 million dollar contract extension
Signed Javier Lopez to a 3-year, $13 million dollar extension
There’s nothing that overwhelms me here. I like Mike Morse more than a lot of the new-age sabermetrics crowd. But you have to wonder what kind of team the Giants were trying to scrape together here. Defense? Keep the core together? I look at the amount that Lincecum and Hudson signed for, and I say to myself the Giants could have landed a top-tier arm for this amount. At the end of the day, it’s kind of cool that Big-Time Timmy Jim is staying put in San Francisco. He’s an icon there, and the contract kind of signifies that the Giants got sentimental on us.
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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.
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.
“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.