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Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Projected Roster

We're getting ready to close the chapter on 2012 and with just 7 weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Scottsdale, the Giants appear to have their 2013 roster nearly complete.  

The Giants have been relatively quiet in terms of free agency, but they did manage to take care of their priorities and get all the key components from the 2012 championship team back on the roster for 2013 and now appear content with what they have heading into the new year. They do however still have a few roster spots that are yet to be determined at this point, and I'd still like to see them aggressively trying to improve the team rather than sitting on their hands. One of the big spots that I'd like to see them address most is finding another right-handed bat in the outfield. They did bring back Andres Torres earlier this month to add depth to the outfield, but if they could manage to find a right-hander with some punch, that would really round out this roster in my opinion. The one name remaining that I've been monitoring since free agency started is Scott Hairston, and he's still sitting out there waiting to find a new home. I know the Giants are pretty much at their budget for 2013 already, which makes another significant singing unlikely, but I think a right-handed bopper like Hairston makes enough of an impact to warrant a slight budget increase.

Besides a potential 5th outfielder, the Giants still have a bullpen spot and another bench spot to fill to reach 25. They're still talking to Brian Wilson about a return, and could ideally use another arm with late-inning/closing experience, but if they don't add another player this off-season, this is what we're looking at as the potential 2013 opening day roster.

Lineup:
CF Angel Pagan
2B Marco Scutaro
3B Pablo Sandoval
C Buster Posey
RF Hunter Pence
1B Brandon Belt
SS Brandon Crawford
LF Gregor Blanco

Rotation:
RHP Matt Cain
LHP Madison Bumgarner
RHP Tim Lincecum
RHP Ryan Vogelsong
LHP Barry Zito

Bench: IF Joaquin Arias, IF Brett Pill, OF Andres Torres, OF Francisco Peguero, C Hector Sanchez

Bullpen: RHP Sergio Romo, LHP Jeremy Affeldt, LHP Javier Lopez, RHP Santiago Casilla, LHP Jose Mijares, RHP George Kontos, RHP Jean Machi

After looking at the roster layout and the remaining free agents, there are a few guys that could fit well with the Giants besides Scott Hairston. There aren't many, but Alex Gonzalez and Orland Hudson (if healthy), Jeff Baker or even re-signing Ryan Theriot could help deepen the infield. As for relievers, I was actually impressed with Jean Machi last season, but it's the one spot where a ton of options remain should the Giants want another proven veteran. Brett Myers could be a bargain on a one-year deal with his flexibility and closing experience. Jason Frasor, Matt Capps, Matt Lindstrom, Jon Rauch or even Jose Valverde on a low-risk, high-reward type of deal.
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  • At 5:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    So far, I've been very happy with our offseason moves. I, too, wish we could have upgraded in LF. Blanco proved in the postseason that he can be productive, especially in highest of pressure situations. But I have a slight feeling that his bat will eventually fizzle out over the course of a full season. It's frustrating that we couldn't spend a little extra and go after Swisher, who wanted to come play for us. But maybe now they are allowing some of the younger guys (Peguero, Noonan, Kieshnick) and the MiLB free agents a chance to battle for the final spots.

     
  • At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Essex said…

    How much could Hairston be asking for? I think he'd be a great fit too. Seems like every game I watch him in, he hits a long ball. I wanted Cody Ross back, but he got big money from AZ. Hairston wouldn't be a bad fallback.

     
  • At 11:07 PM, Anonymous hitnrun said…

    Trevor, what is the big fascination with Peguero? He seems to be just another in a long line of drafted outfield busts that the Giants bring up every year. I guess they use all of their scouts to look at pitchers and not outfield prospects. Anyway, yes, Hairston would be a big plus, and Theriot would be fine. I am sure that Sabean will find another right arm for the pen, I sure am not counting on Gaudin.

     
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