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Saturday, November 24, 2007

2008 Mock Roster #2

The Giants have been one very quiet so far this offseason and it's really tough to judge at this point exactly what direction they are headed in. Brian Sabean said at the end of the season that he would likely have to deal some young pitching in order to obtain some offense and at the pace free agents are being signed right now, it's likely they will have to do just that.

Trade 1: 2b Ray Durham and lhp Pat Misch to Seattle for 1b Richie Sexson

Trade 2: lhp Jonathon Sanchez, of Dave Roberts and cash to Chicago for 3b Joe Crede

Free Agent Signings
: rhp Troy Percival (1 yr. $4.5 million plus incentives) and lhp Jeremy Affeldt (2 yr. $8 million)

CF Rajai Davis
RF Randy Winn
3B Joe Crede
1B Richie Sexson
C Bengie Molina
LF Nate Shierholtz
2B Kevin Frandsen
SS Omar Vizquel

OF Freddie Lewis
IF Rich Aurilia
1B/OF Dan Ortmeier
OF/IF Eugenio Velez
C Elezier Alfonzo

Starting Rotation:
LHP Barry Zito
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Noah Lowry
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Kevin Corriea

CL: Brian Wilson
SU: Troy Percival
ML: Brad Hennessey
ML: Tyler Walker
ML: Jeremy Affeldt
ML: Steve Kline
LR: Travis Blackley

This roster would fit the Giants budget and would also give the young players on this team a legit shot at getting some regular playing time. The two trades are not unrealistic possibilities as both Richie Sexson and Joe Crede are on the market and the trades I suggested could have benefits for both teams. The bullpen (arguably the teams biggest weakness) would be much improved with the signings of Percival and Affeldt upgrading over Vinnie Chulk and Jack Taschner. The Giants have shown interest in Percival after his resurrection with St. Louis last year and he could serve as a mentor to Brian Wilson while also providing insurance in case Wilson isn't ready to close. Most importantly, the Giants would keep their young pitching core (Cain, Lowry and Lincecum) together.

Mock Roster #1
The Giants Baseball Blog


  • At 6:15 PM, Anonymous sfgiantsfan25 said…

    I could go for that roster. I think the Giants have to keep their big 3 together as well. Good article.

  • At 9:43 PM, Anonymous FrankD said…

    Still early in the offseason though right? Are those free agent signings true, or is that part of the mock roster as well?

  • At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We wouldn't have to give up Misch in a trade for Sexson....

    More likely Durham for Sexson + 4 Million

    They want to get rid of Sexson worse than we want to get rid of ray

  • At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Niteowl049 said…

    Zito and Cain have to pitch better in 2008 or their season may be doomed. If they did add Sexson and Crede they could be a much better offensive team even with the loss of Bonds.

  • At 12:15 AM, Blogger Trevor said…

    No question, Zito has to do a 180 big time. Cain actually pitched a lot better than his numbers show. He got no support from his bullpen or the offense on nights he pitched and suffered through some of the worse luck I've seen a pitcher go through. A little inconsistant at times (still 23), but he could have easely won 15-17 games last year with decent support.

  • At 11:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Love this roster! Would still like to see Dunn vs. Sexston, but dig seeing the kids play. If we are not going to win a ring, which this roster will not, then atleast want to watch the kids develope. Nice work dog!

  • At 8:05 PM, Anonymous Niteowl049 said…

    If I remember right Cain did have a decent ERA. Pitchers run support should be listed next to ERA since it is such an important stat. A lot of well pitched games have been wasted due to lack of run support.

  • At 8:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Lots of rumors about Lincecum possibly getting traded this offseason though, huh? Why would the Giants want to do that? I have seen rumors about him possibly being dealt in a package for Miguel Cabrera too over at www.mlbfleecefactor.com

  • At 3:03 AM, Anonymous jd.owens said…

    The Miguel Cabrera rumors won't go away. If the Angels don't get him, it could be between the Giants and Dodgers.

  • At 11:05 PM, Anonymous AP for ROY said…

    Percival is now off the market, but Affeldt would be a welcome addition. The Giants should absolutely be pushing the mariners for a durham-sexson swap.

  • At 6:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    trading for Sexson. you're out of your mind


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