Grading The San Francisco Giants Offseason

Posted on December 26th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors

 

Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

Picture courtesy of Marko Realmonte

Winter meetings have come and gone. While there still remains a number of high-profile free agents (and some not so “high-profile”), the San Francisco Giants and Brian Sabean have said that they’re basically done with major league deals for this offseason.

 

So… that’s it then?

 

If that’s the case, then I say we take a look back at the last two months and decide just how good the Giants offseason moves were. Before we get into it, I’ll tell you upfront what I think.

 

Overall Grade for the SF Giants 2014 Offseason: B+

 

“Impossible!” you might shout at this point, especially based on what I’ve seen on Twitter. But I’ve got to say; overall I’m impressed with what the Giants have done to prepare for next year.

 

9/29 – Giants extend RF Hunter Pence

 

Okay, okay, so it’s not technically the offseason. But I’m still going to look at this move as one that the Giants needed to make, and in fact, it’s even more impressive that they made it before the season ended. Pence provides power, speed and that overused, crutch-of-a-word, “chemistry” to this team. The 20+ steals was unexpected and a huge boost and I don’t expect anything less than that to go with at least 23 homeruns this season.

 

Individual Grade: A

 

10/25 – Giants extend RHP Tim Lincecum

 

While I fully admit to being a Lincecum fanboy, this move (details here) is one of my least favorite signings of the offseason. It has everything to do with the dollar amount, and even now, months later, I’m still conflicted. Ultimately, while I don’t necessarily agree with the move, I can understand and appreciate it. Lincecum (like the next guy I’ll discuss) is here to fill a void for two more years until we see the next crop of young, talented, homegrown Giants pitchers. It’s also a strategic marketing move to help keep loyal fans loyal and excited until we pick our new favorite to root for.

 

Individual Grade: C+

 

11/18 – Giants sign free agent RHP Tim Hudson

 

I’ve already written a piece on why I think the Hudson signing was a great one. He provides 2-years of above average pitching and a very strong veteran experience/presence on a staff that is in a transitional period. I strongly believe that Hudson, Ryan Vogelsong, and Lincecum are not a part of any long-term plan and will be gone after two years, but those two years are going to be instrumental in shaping the rising crop of young Giants arms. This is, in my opinion, what makes Hudson so valuable.

 

Individual Grade: B+

 

11/26 – Giants sign free agent LHP Javier Lopez

 

Can you imagine the uproar if the Giants let Lopez slip away? Lopez is baseball’s top left-handed specialist and genuinely enjoys and likes playing in San Francisco. It was a no-brainer, right? It seemed like Lopez might be interested in jumping over to his hometown Washington Nationals for a bit, but the Giants made sure to bring him back. He is a staple in what has, over the last couple years, been one of the most solid bullpens in baseball. Losing Lopez would have meant Jeremy Affeldt (or someone new, maybe?) would take over the lefty-specialist role, and I don’t know about you, but that idea doesn’t leave me quite as comfortable.

 

Individual Grade: A

 

12/2 – Giants sign free agent RHP Ryan Vogelsong

 

This is in the running for, in my opinion, the most disappointing move of the offseason. The Giants chose to decline Vogelsong’s option, and the general thought was that they were going to bring in someone better. All that actually happened is that the Giants brought Vogelsong back for a little less money (if you consider $1.5 million to be “a little”). Like Hudson and Lincecum, he won’t be around for more than two years, but does serve a valuable role in helping bridge the gap to the new generation. Also on the positive side, locking in a pitcher at a small contract gave them more time and money to focus on LF.

 

Individual Grade: C-

 

12/17 – Giants sign free agent LF Michael Morse

 

This one is what bumped the Giant’s offseason from a C+ to a B+. Morse brings the Giants a longball threat that they can place pretty much anywhere in their order (3-7, although I’d like him 6th, behind Pence and before Pablo Sandoval). While his defense and health are certainly questionable, the upside is undeniable. In his last full season, Morse played 146 games and batted .303 with 31 homeruns and 95 RBIs. Over his whole tenure with the Nats, he averaged 115 games, 21 homers, 66 RBIs and a .296 average. He may not match that again (ever), but the potential is there, and at only $5 million, it’s definitely a risk well worth it. Adding Morse also gives the Giants one of the most offensive lineups they’ve seen in the last decade, with Brandon BeltBuster Posey, Pence, Morse and Sandoval. Each one of those guys can hit 20+ homeruns.

 

Individual Grade: A

 

And there you have it. The Giants have made a lot of other moves at the minor league level, and will probably continue to do so throughout the offseason. In terms of the big league squad, though, this is it. Many might say that the Giants missed out on a real pitcher (Masahiro Tanaka comes to mind, as does my personal favorite, Ubaldo Jimenez) or that Morse is a joke of a signing, but in the end, the Giants have improved. Lincecum can’t be worse than he was last year (at least it’s not likely), Hudson is an upgrade from Barry Zito, and Vogelsong will at worst be the same. And the offense, despite what the Morse naysayers have to naysay, is better with him in it.

 

This team is upgraded, and for that, this offseason has earned a B+.

 

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~Robert Barsanti

 

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5 Reasons Barry Bonds Should Be In The Hall of Fame

Posted on December 23rd, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors

Barry-Bonds-FlagOne of the hottest topics in baseball since last year’s offseason has been the Hall of Fame ballot. The reason this class is different than all the others is because one of the best baseball players to ever live appeared on the ballot and he received a sorrowful 36.2% of the 75% needed to be inducted. That man’s name is Barry Bonds. Bonds played seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and fifteen seasons with the San Francisco Giants. He is one of the most polarizing and controversial players in the history of the game. By just looking at his statistics, Bonds is a first-ballot Hall of Famer and one of the top five players to ever put on a uniform. As we all know, there is one roadblock keeping Bonds from Cooperstown immortality and that’s the issue of performance enhancing drugs. Bonds played in an era where steroids were all-too-common and he has been made the poster boy for one of the darkest periods in the history of the game. In my opinion, Bonds should still be inducted into the Hall of Fame and here are five reasons why:

1. Bonds’ numbers were like no other. He had a career on-base percentage of .444 and a career slugging of .607. Both of those would be MVP numbers for any single season, and he averaged it throughout his career. In 2001 he peaked with a .536 ISO and broke the single season homerun record with 73. He also compiled a 164.1 fWAR and had a 173 wRC+ throughout his career. All of those astonishing feats and it doesn’t stop there. He is the only player in the 500 stolen base/500 homerun club and from 2001-2004 Bonds didn’t have a batting average under .325, an OBP under .515, or a SLG under .745.

2. Nobody knows who did or didn’t take steroids during that period. Sure, the evidence against Bonds is compelling and truth be told he probably took them knowingly, but I’m not ready to exclude someone from the Hall of Fame because of a probably. Also, what about the pitchers throwing to him that could have been using steroids? What about the fielders who were faster and stronger to catch fly balls and make the otherwise impossible plays? It is absurd to penalize one player because he happened to be better than everyone else.

3. Why decide to let him keep his awards and keep his name in the record books, but not put him in the Hall of Fame? In my opinion, it is hypocritical to say he is still a seven-time NL MVP, the homerun king, and the all-time walks leader, but say he shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame because of steroids. If you’re going to penalize him for one thing, why not penalize him by taking all of his awards away?

4. What is the criteria for being a Hall of Famer? Is it Bonds’ treatment of the media, which we all know to be pretty harsh at times, or was it how he performed between the lines? Being inducted into the Hall of Fame is not earned by being nice or being everyone’s favorite player, it is awarded by being one of the best players on the field. If people want to exclude Bonds because he cheated and is a bad guy, then why not exclude Ty Cobb, who confessed in his autobiography that he may have killed a man during his playing career? Excluding Bonds because of his character, or lack thereof, is too much of a gray area to make a legitimate decision.

5. In my opinion this point is often over-looked and that is that Bonds already had Hall of Fame numbers before he allegedly started taking steroids. It is said that Bonds began taking steroids in 1998 after he switched trainers. Before then he already had 411 homeruns, a .408 OBP, and a 99.2 fWAR.

Love him or hate him, in my opinion to exclude a rare talent like Bonds from baseball’s highest honor would simply be a travesty. I believe, for the Hall of Fame to remain credible, there must be a plaque bearing the likeness of Bonds.

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Why The Giants Should Have Signed Corey Hart Over Michael Morse

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors

 

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Image used under Creative Commons from Steve Paluch

I wrote an article a couple months ago and mentioned that the San Francisco Giants signing Corey Hart would have been a bright move given he is coming off an injury and he has tremendous potential. Impact of this means the Giants get a good player for less money. The injury while major was not career threatening and every indication is that Hart will make a full recovery. He is currently 31 years old and the Seattle Mariners inked him to a one year contract for $6 million. The Giants recently signed Michael Morse to a one year contract for $6 million.

While both are capable of hitting 30 or more home runs, something the Giants can definitely use since their left fielders only hit 5 last season, and only one has shown he can play every day. If the Giants have any desire to improve on that home run total they should have signed someone who can play more than 80 games a season. That means Hart, not Morse.

Hart has been much more successful because he has managed to play, in nine years each Hart has played in 945 games and Morse has played in 573. Hart has twice as many career home runs and RBI’s in the same number of years playing (it should be noted that in Hart’s first year he played in only one game). Both are capable of giving Brandon Belt a rest at first base which is an upside and gives leeway in trading Brett Pill to an organization that can give him the break he deserves.

I guess for my money, I would have taken the chance on Hart over Morse especially even money.

 

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Why Signing Michael Morse Was A Good Signing

Posted on December 19th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Image used under Creative Commons from Keith Allison

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Power is a good thing. In sports, it can be the best of things. In football you have powerful linemen mauling their opponents. In basketball you have a vicious slam dunk that can rattle the rim, and the other team’s psyche as well. Hockey, with a powerful slapshot, can send shivers up the spines of all who witness it. In baseball, there is the power hitter. Nothing captivates fans, and builds confidence like a monster home run to break open a game.

 

Welcome Michael Morse to the San Francisco Giants. They have looked for someone like you for a few years now. Actually, it really goes back to when Mr. Barry Lamar Bonds was consistently hitting splash balls in to McCovey Cove.

 

Now we know the Giants have won two World Series without a true, pro-typical power hitter, but that was then; and this is now. Pitching still wins championships, and hopefully the Giants stellar rotation and bullpen can again lead the way. But there is no denying the Giants were sorely in need of a force in the middle of their lineup.

 

Morse’s stats, from his last full regular season in 2011 for the Washington Nationals look like this: 146 games played, a .303 batting average, 31 home runs, and 95 runs batted in. 2012 and 2013 saw a drop off in games played and production for Morse, mostly due to injury, but the Giants are counting on a healthy Morse to again fill the left-field spot in the batting order with home run power.

It was essential for the Giants to get more power their lineup in 2014. Just looking at the teams in NL West, it’s obvious the Giants were behind the rest of the division in this all important aspect.

 

The Los Angeles Dodgers can trot out Yasiel PuigMatt KempHanley Ramirez, and Adrian Gonzalez each game. The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired slugger Mark Trumbo this offseason to go alongside Paul Bunyan (Paul Goldschmidt). The Colorado Rockies acquired former home run derby participant and all-star Justin Morneau this offseason to go with Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos GonzalezEven the San Diego Padres have decent power with Will Venable and Jedd Gyorko, who both hit over 20 home runs last year.

 

Adding Morse to the middle of the lineup will give the Giants a boost of right handed power hitting they were in search of. Now, looking at the power hitters in the batting order, the Giants will have Buster PoseyPablo Sandoval, Hunter Pence, and Morse to play long ball with.

 

Yes Morse may strike out a more than a few times. You can even make an argument that the Giants paid too much for an oft injured player looking to regain his form. But the rewards of adding Morse far outweigh the risks.

 

Power can do a lot for a lineup. It can be a fear factor that makes opposing pitchers aware of the long ball threat. Other hitters in the lineup benefit by seeing better pitches, and quite frankly, will be pitched to more because of Morse’s presence.

 

Let’s face it, hitting singles and doubles, and playing station to station baseball can be an effective, winning formula. But it lacks the sizzle that puts fans in the seats, and the allure to stay in their seats one more batter before going to get another tray of garlic fries.

 

Singles and doubles typically don’t make the other teams pitchers and managers worry very much when the on-deck hitter has three home runs, it’s late August, and the Giants have two men on base and are down by three in the bottom of the ninth inning.

 

The long ball cures a lot of ails, and hopefully the Giants have cracked the code for another year of success and a run at the World Series; and that could be because of the Morse code.

 

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~Amin Arikat

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SF Giants Rumors: Morse, Belt, Mulder, Carignan, Ishikawa, Etc.

Posted on December 18th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
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With the Michael Morse deal now official our left field position is set, and we all know he can play some first base as well. Manager Bruce Bochy has went on record saying Brandon Belt is the first baseman, and also his number three hitter in the lineup. However, he could envision Belt/Morse swapping positions if Morse legs are sore says Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).

 
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com (via Twitter) says he was told that Morse will make $6 million with another $3 million possible in incentives based on plate appearances. If Morse can get back to his 2011 form (.303, 31 homers and 95 RBI), this deal will definitely be worth the $9 million (added incentives).
 
For those of you fans that were hoping for another big splash this offseason, it’s not going to happen. Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News chimes in on the Giants budget (via Twitter), and reports that GM Brian Sabean said the Morse deal “puts us up against our number.”
 
In another Pavlovic tweet, he says the Giants checked in on pitcher Mark Mulder, but Mulder’s looking for a more than they could offer. He’s looking for a major league contract. I’m not sure Mulder’s going to get that anywhere since he’s been out of the game for a bit (last game was in 2008). However, I do wish him luck with his comeback!
 
Since we’re on former Oakland Athletics that are linked to the Giants, pitcher Andrew Carignan has tweeted that he’s coming back to the bay area and it’s not with the Athletics. He’s excited for his opportunity with the Giants, so it sounds like he’s signed a deal with the Giants. I’m not sure on the specifics as of yet…
 
Ex-Giant Travis Ishikawa has signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is Ishikawa’s fifth team since the Giants says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).
 
The San Jose Giants have extended their lease through the 2018 season to continue to play at Municipal Stadium. Nice to know we can still continue to go check out our farm system and top prospects as they make their way through San Jose.
 
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More Insights On Outfielder Michael Morse

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Image used under Creative Commons from Keith Allison

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As I’m sure you’ve heard, the San Francisco Giants signed outfielder Michael Morse to a one year, $6 million contract on Thursday. He was signed to man left field and most likely play every day if he’s healthy. The 31 year old is entering his tenth year as a major leaguer and is known for his serious power. Given the Giants lack of power, Morse could provide a boost to the Giants’ lineup. 

 
Although Morse has home run power, there are some concerns about Morse that raise some red flags. One thing is his injury history. He only played 88 games in 2013 due to a strained right quad and a fractured finger. He has only played one full season in the majors and that was 2011 when he played 146 games with the Washington Nationals. 2011 was the best year he has had in the major leagues. He had a slash line of .303/.360/.550 while hitting 31 home runs and compiling 95 RBIs. The more detailed stats also show just how good a year he had offensively. He had a 148 wRC+ and a .390 wOBA. His defense leaves a lot to be desired and his baserunning is not his strong suit either, having stolen only six bases in his career and being caught six times. Morse had a poor 2013 while playing for the Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles and hit .215/.270/.381, which obviously leaves a lot to be desired. The Giants signed Morse to replace 29 year old weak-hitting outfielder Gregor Blanco. Blanco is pretty much the opposite of Morse. Blanco is fast, plays excellent defense, and has very little power. He has 66 stolen bases in his short career and 40 of them coming in the last two years with the Giants. The Giants acquired Blanco in 2012 and he has been the starting left fielder the previous two seasons. In 2013 Blanco had a slash line of .265/.341/.350. His OBP is solid, but that slugging percentage is woeful. Blanco compiled a respectable 2.8 fWAR last year and a 2.3 fWAR the year before. Morse had a 3.1 fWAR in his most productive year, 2011. To make a long story short, Morse needs to return to his 2011 form to be worth replacing Blanco as the Giants left fielder.
 
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​SF Giants Rumors: Michael Morse Is Your Newest Giant​

Posted on December 12th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Image used under Creative Commons from Keith Allison

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While most of us on the West Coast were trying to talk ourselves into getting out of our warm comfy beds since it was a cold morning in the bay area; the San Francisco Giants were busy agreeing to terms with outfielder Michael Morse to fill their hole in left field. Word on the street is it’s a one-year deal ($5 million with incentives). This means outfielder Gregor Blanco is now the fourth outfielder. This isn’t a platoon position anymore. With that said, Blanco will still be used as a late inning defensive replacement if the Giants have a lead.

 
Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says the Giants had to pledge Morse an everyday role to sign him. Morse had other teams interested and had a higher offer on the table from the Houston Astros, so I’m sure he wasn’t interested in a platoon role. 
 
“Big, big thunder,” An AL scout texted me shortly after the deal was announced. “Between he and Pence, (batting practice) will be an electric show.”
 
Morse will likely be in the five or six spot in the Giants batting order to start the season. After that, it all depends on how he’s swinging the bat. In 2011, Morse hit 31 homers with a .303 average, while driving in 95 runs for the Washington Nationals. In five career games at AT&T Park, Morse is hitting .316 with 1 homer and 4 RBI. Now tell me your thoughts on Morse as the Giants new left fielder in 2014?
 
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SF Giants Rumors: Price, De Aza, Trumbo, Sandoval, Gaudin, Zito and Morales

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
Photo Courtesy of Steven Robles

Photo Courtesy of Steven Robles

Buster Olney of ESPN.com says (via Twitter) the San Francisco Giants did check in on the David Price sweepstakes, but they haven’t discussed any possible trade scenarios with the Tampa Bay Rays as of yet.

 
The Giants have checked in with the Chicago White Sox about outfielder Alejandro De Aza says John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter). De Aza could be moved since the White Sox acquired outfielder Adam Eaton.
 
In another Shea tweet, Shea said when the Giants called the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim about Mark Trumbo, the Angels wanted major league ready starting pitchers, and the Giants don’t have a surplus of starting arms.
 
Pictures on Instagram and Twitter keep surfacing of a thinner Pablo Sandoval. He’s been doing a lot of conditioning this offseason. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports (via Twitter) that GM Brian Sabean said he’d consider a springtime contract extension for Sandoval if he reports to spring training in shape.
 
Long man/spot starter Chad Gaudin isn’t likely to return to the Giants tweets John Shea.
 
Agent Scott Boras says Barry Zito wants to pitch in 2014, and he won’t look for a team till after January 1st. Boras also tells Shea that the Giants need a bat to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He suggested moving Brandon Belt to left field. Shea says that’s because Boras is selling Kendrys Morales as a possible first baseman (Twitter links).
 
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San Francisco Giants Left Field Situation

Posted on December 11th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors
BrianSabeanAs we’re in the midst of the Winter Meetings, the San Francisco Giants will look to fill the gaping hole they have in left field.
 
With a weak free agent class and the lack of depth within the Giants minor league system, Brian Sabean will need to be creative if he wants to fill the Giants weakest position. I see the Giants looking for a veteran power hitter who can add some pop to the middle of the lineup, not break the bank and not cost the Giants one of their top prospects.
 
One player who fits the criteria is Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins. Though Willingham had an off year in 2013 for the Twins, he hit 35 home runs and had 110 RBI’s in 2012. He has a history as a good power hitter with a better than average on base percentage. Willingham is not a great defensive player but the Giants will not be able to find a player who can both hit for power and play good defense without parting ways with a top prospect or an everyday player. The Twins are rebuilding and may let Willingham go for cheap (Joe Panik?) with the Giants taking over his 7 million dollars a year salary.
 
If the Giants want a top level outfielder like a Matt Kemp or Giancarlo Stanton, they’ll have to offer one of their top prospects (Kyle Crick for example) and I don’t see Sabean doing this after losing Zack Wheeler to the New York Mets in the Carlos Beltran deal. Either way, if the Giants want to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sabean will need to add a left fielder who can fit in with Bruce Bochy‘s managerial style. Giants fans, knowing that the Giants most likely will not trade a top prospect or over pay for a free agent, who do you think they should trade for or sign as a free agent to play left field?
 
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~Angel Viera
Twitter: @SportsBarAngel
 
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Why Signing Tim Hudson Is A Good Great Signing

Posted on December 6th, 2013 by admin in SF Giants Rumors

TimHudsonThis article may be a little late, but it’s still relevant (at least in this writer’s opinion) because signing Tim Hudson was an absolutely, positively GREAT signing.

Why was it so absolutely positively great? Because it means the San Francisco Giants have accepted their current position as a #2 or #3 (depending on what you think of the Arizona Diamondbacks – personally, I don’t think much) finisher in the National League West.

Whoa! A Giants fan and writer who is accepting #2 before Spring Training even starts? Listen, I would love to be wrong, and maybe the even-year thing will prove to be true.  If that’s the case, fantastic. If not, there’s always next year. And that year…that is the year we should be excited about.

Hudson buys the Giants two things: time and experience.

Time is important because your 2014 Giants are in-between new talent. This team has looked almost exactly the same for 2 years now (2012, 2013), going on 3 (2014). But when you looked ahead, you see a whole new generation of Giants, specifically pitchers, coming through those doors and onto the field by the bay. They just need to find a way to stay steady, try and win a few more games than last year, and then, in 2015 and 2016, start to make some real changes. Hudson (and even Tim Lincecum and now Ryan Vogelsong) do just that. They’re gap-fillers. Plugging the holes until this new wave of pitchers comes through. Buying time for one to two more years.

In addition to buying time until the new guys show up, Hudson provides a TON of veteran experience. 15 seasons, over 2800 innings, NL and AL, 3-time All Star, 3.44 career ERA, the list goes on and on. Who better to welcome the next wave of Giants pitchers than a guy like Hudson? An experienced vet who is a known “clubhouse guy” to help teach and break the rookies into the majors. It’s a win-win.

So let the haters hate and the naysayers naysay. Everyone who wanted Masahiro Tanaka (he may not even play MLB now) or another high-priced, flashy starter (although personally I’d love to see Ubaldo Jiminez in a Giants uniform), don’t you worry. Sit tight for one more, maybe two years, and then you’ll have a starting staff filled with young flashy arms at mere fractions of the cost.

And you know what? After we’ve accepted #2 or #3 for another year or two, we’ll have that staff of cheap arms and the Giants can go out and spend whatever they want on that power-hitting left fielder we’ve been craving since Barry Bonds waved goodbye.

 

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~Robert Barsanti

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