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Hot Stove: What Will the Giants Do?

Remember last offseason? The season where the Giants were coming off a rousing World Series championship in the best fashion - 7 games? Their clutch third baseman was going to be a free agent. So, too, were 2/5's of their starting pitchers. And there was our former set-up turned closer turned set-up reliever that was also a goner. And alas, that goofy OF/1B who hit a huge PH home run in the NLCS to set up that other 1B/OF who hit a walkoff to propel the team to the World Series? He was going to be a free agent as well. In other words, a lot of money was about to come off the books for those World Champion Giants. Fans and media alike thought... "Watch out for San Francisco. They just won the World Series. They have a lot of money and players coming off the books. And they've sold out, like, a trillion games at AT&T Park." So what happened? The Giants miraculously were outbid for Sandoval's services by Boston. Jon Lester picked Chicago over SF in a Bachel

What do the Giants do next?

It's been a roller coaster ride so far in 2015 for the Giants.  They haven't been fully healthy but have hung around the division and the wild card races all season.  Through the All Star break, they were an underwhelming but still competitive 46-43 and given they were missing Hunter Pence for nearly all of the first half and that Peavy and Cain hadn't really made appearances in the rotation until recently, playing over .500 baseball was an achievement.  The fact they weren't buried in the division race shows how much other guys stepped up to fill the void. The Giants are now healthy (or getting pretty close to being there).  They just lost Andrew Susac to a DL stint but it shouldn't be an injury that keeps him out any longer than the 15 days.  Aoki and Susac could theoretically return around the same time.  And those are guys the Giants can't wait to have back.  It doesn't even take into account the nearing returns of Jeremy Affeldt and Tim Lincecum. So

Looking ahead to 2016...

The 2015 Giants are playing really well you guys. Like, really good. They're a half game back of the Dodgers and they're 7-2 against those Bums head to head. They are defending their title magnificently to date. They had one of their best May's ever. They probably do well in May due to Willie. Just sayin'... So let's not talk about those 2015 Giants right now. Let's talk about the 2016 Giants! Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans have done a phenomenal job at locking down the core of this team. Looking ahead to 2016, the Giants could have zero vacancies on the diamond positionally. The outfield is all under contract (assuming they pick up Aoki's inexpensive option). Blanco is under contract as the 4th outfielder. And unless he starts really sucking, I'm thinking Justin Maxwell might just stick around as well. Now the fun part. The infield. The infield as it currently stands is all homegrown. You've got Belt at 1B, Panik at 2B, B-Craw at SS, and

2015 MLB Predictions

Well it is that time of year again where experts, bloggers, writers, and fantasy baseball players everywhere make predictions about a season that will ultimately unfold in a completely different way everyone envisions.  For instance, I am a diehard Giants fan.  I had them in the playoffs in my predictions last season but I had them losing in the NLCS to the Nationals (my 2014 predictions can be found HERE ).  I didn't even have my team in the World Series, let alone winning it.  Yet they did. I've never been happier to be wrong. I actually did okay last season, getting 50% of the division winners right, 4 out of 5 of the NL Playoff teams right, and 3 out of 5 AL Playoff teams.  My most egregious error was having the Rangers win the AL West when they actually wound up dead last (behind even the Astros).  I had the Rays as the AL East winners but they got hit with some devastating injuries early and crumbled.  I also nailed the AL MVP (Mike Trout) but most people got that one r

Grading the Giants 2015 Offseason

It's February.  Pitchers and catchers report in 2 weeks.  Rosters are being finalized.  The free agent market is relatively bare.  So now is the time to take a step back, look at what Brian Sabean has done this winter, and evaluate the team. Going into the offseason, the Giants knew that Pablo Sandoval was going to become a free agent. They also knew they would have to figure out whether or not they wanted to retain their other free agents, namely Jake Peavy, Ryan Vogelsong, Sergio Romo, and Michael Morse. When the playoffs began, I thought that Pablo was going to be a goner (I actually thought he and the Red Sox made sense on a number of levels all season long and thought he'd wind up in Boston).  I thought Peavy, with his performance down the stretch, had become the Giants #1 starting pitching priority.   I figured 2014 was Sergio Romo and Ryan Vogelsong's Giant farewell tour.  I thought Morse had won over the hearts of both Giants fans and the front office and that h