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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Spring Reporting Dates Just 10 Days Away

Here we are folks. The NFL is officially finished with until next fall, and full focus has shifted back to baseball, and in the Bay Area particularly, around the San Francisco Giants. With just 10 days until pitchers and catchers report, the Giants appear to have made all the moves they're anticipating before the opening of camp.

In the last couple of weeks, they come to agreements with key arbitration figures such as Tim Lincecum, Pablo Sandoval, Ryan Vogelsong and their two newest additions, Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan. The Giants also scoured the bargain bin and came up with a guy who's been a starting shortstop for much of his career, and a fairly decent one at that, Ryan Theriot, a player whose skill set this team definitely needed. It's helped them round out what appears to be their 25-man roster, barring any unforeseen injuries or extreme spring breakthroughs, but as I write this, this team still has just 3 outfielders who've played in over 100 major league games (not counting Aurbey Huff) and as I've voiced here plenty in the last 6 weeks, I feel this team should be trying their darnedest to deepen that paper-thin outfield. I mean, even if they are banking on Brandon Belt coming into his own and taking over the left field job, it would leave Nate Schierholtz or Angel Pagan as the only backup outfielder with any kind of experience. However, the fact still remains that there just aren't many viable options left out there who could come in provide guaranteed stability, though as I've been saying, there are still guys out there looking for homes who may be worth taking a flyer on with at least an invite to Scottsdale. With Ross off the market, it leaves only Raul Ibanez and Magglio Ordonez as the two outfielders who can still field at a respectable level and have some punch in their bats. I've said here before, of the two I'd go with Ordonez because he's right-handed and is a year off of a .312/12/59 year in 1/2 a season. He's no longer a 500 at-bat player, but give him 400 ab's platooning with Schierholtz in right and I bet he'd give you a nice return.

Speaking of discounted price tags, we saw Clayton Kershaw do the Dodgers a tremendous favor by inking that 2 year, $19 million deal, that probably had Tim Lincecum chuckling under his breath. I mean, when you compare the last two seasons for each pitcher, Kershaw has actually been slightly better than Timmy, going 34-15 with a 2.47 era to Lincecum's 29-24 record and 3.20 era. Lincecum has him beat on the strikeout totals by a small margin, but I'll take the wins and low era and give up the extra K's. Now you won't find a bigger Lincecum fan than myself and I think the deal he got was completely just, but I just wonder a bit if the Giants may be kicking themselves a little after seeing that Kershaw deal. On the other hand, this could actually help the Giants' long-term efforts with not only Lincecum but Matt Cain as well, who must have said something at the fanfest that I missed because Giants fans are getting a bit frantic in thinking Cain may bolt after the season. I mentioned a few posts back that I think the Giants should offer Cain the same deal the Angels gave Jered Weaver (5 year/$85M), and see if he bit, but now I'm hearing numbers north of 5 years and $100 million. Cain was the one guy I thought to be almost a sure bet to be a Giant for a long time, so this is either mis-interpreted news, or a complete surprise to me. It all the sudden raises the question, what if, just what if, Cain and Lincecum are both in other uniforms for the 2014 season! Think Brian Sabean will be beating himself up for not taking full advantage of this window of opportunity? I'd say so, and it would probably be as an un-employed GM too, cause that's about the time his contract is up as well!

2012 Roster Preview coming up next!
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  • At 9:47 PM, Anonymous SoCal Steve said…

    I bet Cain signs with the Dodgers.

    6 years for $125 million! They saved the money this winter to go after guys next year, and they always get Giants players like Schmidt and Kent. Kershaw-Cain-Billingsley would be sick!

  • At 12:38 PM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    Cain may follow up on what Lincecum has done and not sign long term until he is sure of run support, which is smart. Why would he sign for 5 years of getting 2 runs a game when he could have the Red Sox or Yankees batting orders giving him 8 runs a game behind him. I am sure Sabathia does not mind not having to throw shutouts every time he goes out there. Giants indeed should be looking for another power bat to at least come off the bench, like Burrell did, maybe Ordonez is a solution. I sure don't think that Justin Christian is the answer.

  • At 2:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can't wait for the season. I'm actually going to spring training for the first time in March and can't wait for that either. I know the Giants didn't get a big power bat this offseson, but I still like the feel of this team. They have speed, they have some good hitters and they have great pitching! GO GIANTS!!!


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