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Friday, November 21, 2008

2009 Mock Lineup #1

With rumors swirling around the league, and the Giants apparently in on everyone from the big names like C.C. Sabathia to relievers like Bob Howry, I figured now would be a good time to throw out a possible lineup projection for next year. Even with the recent reports that the Giants are serious on Sabathia, I would still give that about a %10 chance of transpiring. The Giants have greater needs than pitching and as good as Sabathia is, I would rather put that money into a guy like Mark Teixeira if they insist on spending. The Giants also have apparently stepped up their efforts in pursuing second basemen Orlando Hudson. Hudson is declining offensively and his defense slipped last year as well. I would rather sign Furcal who may bring more of a risk, but if healthy, would reap more reward. Here is a look at how I think the 2009 Giants could look heading into Spring Training in February: Jon

Signings: Rafael Furcal (3 yr. - $40 million), Paul Byrd (1yr. - $3.5 million), Bob Howry (1yr. - $2.5 million)

Trade: Jonathan Sanchez to Texas for Hank Blalock (Giants need corner infield offense, Texas needs pitching)

1. SS Rafael Furcal (Giants have been interested all along. He likely will end up with the Giants, A's or Braves)
2. LF Fred Lewis (Giants may want him in middle of the order somewhere, but a potential 1-2 punch of him and Furcal would be dynamite)
3. 1B/3B Pablo Sandoval (The team has plans of starting "Sandy" somewhere for his bat, likely a better fit at first)
4. 1B/3B Hank Blalock (Sabean has always had his eye on Blalock and could part with Jonathan Sanchez to get some power in the lineup. Blalock is now considered a 1b/dh though)
5 CF Aaron Rowand (Should be better in his second go-round in SF, but still only a 20hr-90 rbi type guy at best in this park)
6. C Bengie Molina (Back for the final year as a Giant and he's had a good run here, should be dealt though if the team is out of it at the break)
7. RF Randy Winn (Steady all-around player that could be dealt to open space for Schierholtz, but not likely)
8. 2B Emmanuel Burris (He is a very good defender, can hit a little, and is the fastest player on the team. Kevin Frandsen could also be considered)

RH Tim Lincecum ('08 Cy Young Award Winner should be even better in '09 if the team can upgrade the offense and pen)
LH Barry Zito (Had a decent second half in 2008 after a horrible beginning but there's still hope that he can get back to at least a respectable level)
RH Matt Cain (After his 3rd full season here, It's time to separate himself from a high upside pitcher to a steadily dominant one)
LH Noah Lowry (His health is still uncertain, but should be back at around full strength in the spring. Only problem is, he hasn't pitched a meaningful inning since August 2007)
RH Paul Byrd (Giants may want another vet if they deal away a pitcher and Byrd seems like a cheap, low risk choice)

CL Brian Wilson (For the first time since Robb Nen, the Giants are set at closer long-term)
LH Jeremy Affeldt (Has come into his own over last 2 years, should be one of the top lefty relievers out there)
RH Sergio Romo (Take away one bad outing which he gave up 4 runs, and his era is in the low 1's)
RH Merkin Valdez (Like Lowry, his health is an issue as a 2 week injury ended up being a season ender in '08, but if healthy, has closing potential)
LH Alex Hinshaw (Came on strong last year, but needs to attack the strike zone with more consistency this year)
RH Bob Howry (Former Giant could return to his first team as they are seeking veteran relief help)
RH Kevin Pucetas (The Giants are very high on the 2008 minor league pitcher of the year and are going to give him a good look in the spring)

OF-Nate Schierholtz (nothing left to prove in minors, could start cutting into Winn's playing time)
OF-Dave Roberts (In last year of deal, finally, but will be paid over $6 million to sit)
1B-Travis Ishikawa (could see significant at-bats when Sandoval is filling in for Molina)
C-Steve Holm (Sandoval will be main backup, but Holm likely will be on the roster too)
IF-Kevin Frandsen (supposed to be the second basemen of the future, but interest in Hudson shows Giants are skeptical)

Again, this is just speculation on what could fit into budget based on what's been discussed. The Blalock trade is just speculation and hasn't been discussed at all, but it's a deal that could work out well for both squads. The Giants are all over Furcal but could turn to Orlando Hudson or Edgar Renteria if they cannot land him. I can almost guarantee you that the Giants will sign at least one middle infielder and I'd that they'll add at least one more reliever. They have also discussed Juan Cruz as another right handed setup man, but a guy like Howry is a lot more realistic after signing Affeldt.
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  • At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Giant Fan Dan said…

    Great article, but what about the Giants getting younger? Why get two infielders in their 30's. And now Sabean is looking into Sabathia? Does he not know that this team was last in the league in runs and home runs???? Somebody give him a clue.

  • At 1:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am over the Brian Sabian experiment. We continue to get older with a lot of younger options out there. He will never change his ways and we will be stuck yet again with another two year pass their prime team. Yes Brian was backed into a corner and drafted Tim, but besides that we bring in overpriced over rated ball players who will not lead us to something I may never see in my lifetime, a world series.

  • At 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hey - looks like the giants signed edgar renteria.

  • At 1:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Renteria wasn't fit for the AL. He had a great year in 2007 though. I think he will be fine with the Giants if that's true.

  • At 10:42 AM, Anonymous xlpharmacy said…

    Rafael Furcal is a good player, I wonder why he didn't play the last game?

  • At 11:48 AM, Anonymous xlpharmacy said…

    Wow this line up is incredible! they will win this season!


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