Not much went right for the San Francisco Giants who managed to get their first losing season since 2008 when they finished 72-90. The 2013 Giants entered their tailspin in June and did little to stop it for most of the summer. Thankfully the return of Angel Pagan and the stability of the starting pitching had finally given the Giants some closure to a very disappointing season.
The Giants will retain most of the team for 2014 and have very few unrestricted free agents. The free agents are: Chad Gaudin, Tim Lincecum, Javier Lopez, and Andres Torres. I’m sure you noticed Hunter Pence is no longer on that list (signed 5-year, $90 extension). Barry Zito didn’t reach 200 innings pitched to activate his 2014 option. Which means his tenure as a Giant is likely at an end. Ryan Vogelsong has a club option for 2014 ($6.5 million) that is expected to be exercised. After this dismal season the Giants will have around $63 million to improve the team.
The Giants did everything possible to re-sign Pence and should do the same for Lopez as they’re still valuable pieces for the Giants and contribute to the success of the team. Both have posted numbers that boast well in this lackluster year and Pence’s character is a quality you can’t put enough emphasis on. Let us also not forget Pence set a new personal best in the home run department. For the right price they should re-sign Lincecum. Unfortunately, with a very slim starting pitching market and Lincecum’s resume ‘The Freak’ will most likely be somewhere else next season.
Some free agents the Giants should look at:
Corey Hart: Currently injured and out for the 2013 season after undergoing knee surgery he could be a power hitting free agent the Giants might be interested in obtaining if they do trade away Brandon Belt.
Grady Sizemore: I know many of you just cringed and thought of Freddy Sanchez. After spending a couple years out of baseball with multiple surgeries the upside is too high to not offer a minor league contract with a spring training invite. Even coming off injuries Sizemore has to be better than what we have seen this season in left field.
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