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Grading the Giants Offseason

Full squad workouts have begun in Scottsdale, Barry Bonds is putting back on his #25 Giants uni (as a Spring Training hitting coordinator), and Giants fans everywhere are debating whether or not the Giants were smart to largely bring back the same group that lost 86 games last year.  But just like pretty much every other team's fans (except the Astros), more than anything, Giants fans are hopeful 2014 will be a playoff season.  My predictions for 2014 are coming soon but for now, let's evaluate the Giants offseason... Additions: SP Tim Hudson 1B/OF Mike Morse RP David Huff OF Tyler Colvin RP Erik Cordier Subtractions: SP Barry Zito OF Andres Torres 1B Brett Pill SP Eric Surkamp OF Francisco Peguero C Johnny Monell Re-Signings: SP Tim Lincecum SP Ryan Vogelsong RP Javier Lopez OF Hunter Pence Review: The Giants quietly spent just under $200M (179M) this offseason on putting together their 2014 roster. By looking at their free agent signings, casual fa

The Wild and Wacky 2014 Offseason

It has been a weird offseason.  Not really specifically for the Giants, but just for baseball.  Here it is, mid February, and there are still a lot of quality free agents available.  I can't remember an offseason quite like this.  Pitchers and catchers have ALREADY REPORTED and here's just a quick list of some readily available free agents along with their 2013 stats: Stephen Drew (SS): .253 AVG, .777 OPS, 13 HR, 67 RBI, 6 SB Nelson Cruz (OF):  .266 AVG, .833 OPS, 27 HR, 76 RBI Kendrys Morales (1B/DH):  .277 AVG, .785 OPS, 23 HR, 80 RBI Ubaldo Jimenez (SP):  13 WINS,  3.30 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 194 K's Ervin Santana (SP):  9 WINS, 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 161 K's Oliver Perez (RP):  3.74 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 74 K's (in 53 IP) Andrew Bailey (RP):  8 SAVES, 3.77 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 39 K's (in 28.2 IP) Those are some legit major league baseball players.  Stephen Drew seems to be playing cat and mouse with the New York Mets.  I can't for the life of me understand why the