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Thursday, September 13, 2007

A Look Towards '08

There are still about 3 weeks left in the regular season, but with the season winding down and not much going on with the club, I figured it would be a good time to throw out some wild guesses as to who might fill out the San Francisco Giants roster in 2008. So here we go:

Trade: (Jonathon Sanchez and Kevin Frandsen to Cincinnati for Edwin Encarnacion)
FA Signings: (*Adam Dunn, Tony Clark, Scott Linebrink) *potential free agent
FA Losses: (Barry Bonds, Pedro Feliz, Ryan Klesko)

1. CF Dave Roberts (still under contract for 2 more seasons, will likely platoon with Davis)
2. RF Randy Winn (like Roberts, not going anywhere)
3. 3B Edwin Encarnacion (*obtained from Cinci via Jonathon Sanchez trade)
4. LF Adam Dunn (the Giants will need a big bat to replace Bonds and Dunn could be the guy)
5.C Bengie Molina (the solid backstop will be here for 2 more years)
6. 1B Dan Ortmeier (Giants are talking like Ortmeier will be starting next year)
7. 2B Ray Durham (under contract for another year and will be tough to trade)
8. SS Omar Vizquel (Brought back on a 1 year deal)

Starting Rotation:
LHP Barry Zito ( still the staff ace, even with his subpar year)
RHP Matt Cain ( way better pitcher than his career numbers show)
LHP Noah Lowry (elbow injury cut short potential breakout year for Lowry)
RHP Tim Lincecum (hopefully there is no sophmore slump with Timmy)
RHP Kevin Corriea ( has showed he's capable of taking the ball every 5th day)

CP Brian Wilson ( I think he's finally ready for the job)
SU Scott Linebrink (numbers declining slightly, but Giants could use his steadiness)
RHP Brad Hennessey (most consistant Giants reliever for 2 years in a row)
RHP Tyler Walker (Dominant in his return to the bigs this year)
LHP Pat Misch (great year in Fresno in a relief role, struggled after being made a starter)
LHP Steve Kline (back for another year)
LHP Travis Blackley (outside shot, but could make team as long reliever/spot starter)

1B Tony Clark (brought in for extra bat off bench and to help Ort at 1st)
OF Nate Shierholtz (Bochy will play him over Winn if he keeps hitting)
OF Rajai Davis (speedy center fielder could take time away from Roberts)
IF Rich Aurillia (should rebound after horrible year)
C Elezier Alfonzo (one of the better back-up catchers in the league when healthy)

Again, these are just wild guesses, but this is a roster that could be put together within the Giants budget. The lineup would be younger, although not by much and the pitching staff could stay intact. A Jonathon Sanchez for Edwin Encarncion trade is highly unlikely, but Encarnacion is being dangled and could be had.
The Giants Baseball Blog


  • At 4:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    nice article. I don't think the Reds would make that trade but Encarnacion is available.

  • At 10:40 PM, Anonymous JBill said…

    That would be awesome if the Giants could add a guy like Linebrink. He has been dominant for San Diego for so long, I don't know why they dealt him. I could live with that roster, next year is going to be a rebuilding year anyway.

  • At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How about Sanchez, Hennessey, and Durham for
    Encarnacion and Votto. Eat 100% of Durham's
    salary. Toss Winn into the deal and eat $5 million
    of his salary. Have a 3B and a power hitting LH
    hitting 1st baseman for years. Trade Lowery to
    Seattle for Adam Jones who won't have a place
    to play in Seattle next year. Then have an outfield
    of Shierholtz LF, Jones CF, Ortmeir in RF. Lewis
    Valez in reserve.

    An infield of Encarnacion 3B, Vizquel SS, Frandsen
    2B and Votto 1B. Try to use Aurilla, Davis, Molina,
    Roberts to trade for a SS.

    SP would be Zito, Cain, Lincecum, Corriea, and either Misch or Blackley. Minor league prospects
    should be available for 2009 season.

  • At 6:21 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

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  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Trevor said…

    I like the thinking, but there's no way the Reds would go for that.I don't think the Reds are looking to unload Votto and they surely wouldn't give up 2 young potential all stars for Sanchez and Hennessey. Maybe Encarnacion for Hennessey and Sanchez, but that's still a longshot...Nobody has any interest in Winn or Durham and Winn has a no-trade.

    And I wouldn't deal Lowry for Jones, the Giants can get more than that.

    Good comment!

  • At 11:34 AM, Blogger David said…

    encarnacion is not real exciting. He is slugging the lowest of the Cincy regulars except for the catchers.

  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    With the trades and acquisitions made going into the draft, plus the bulk of the team that is carried over from last season, and the trades and draft picks made during the draft, it sure seems like the Pats are going to be the team to beat in the AFC this season, and perhaps in all of the NFL.

    Considering the Pats were almost in the Superbowl last season with a pathetic receiving corps and that they've added very talented players into said receiving corps this season, barring some nasty injury(ies), they look to be the team to take it all.I say injury(ies) because I think they could survive an injury or two to some positions, but if they lost Brady they'd probably have a hard time recovering.

    I wish I could say that the Redskins did well in the draft and/or in free agency but so many holes still exist that I'm not sure they'll be significantly better than last season. I suppose on face they should be if they can keep their corners healthy. With Landry (argh, hard to type that name as a Redskin!!) back there with a healthy secondary they might be able to cheat up more and put more pressure on opposing QBs. Might.

    They still have what should be a lot of talent in the receiving positions, and Campbell should be better, but they don't have the quality on either line (offense or defense) that I wish they'd have, so it could be yet another year of .500 at best, or worse.

    Still, the NFC East looks to be the NFC Least again this season. None of the teams there look like they'll be that good, and none really look ready to step up and take the division.

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