Found November 06, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
A third-place finish in the NL West and a 76-86 record was hardly what Giants general manager Brian Sabean had in mind when he devoted last offseason to keeping his World Series championship team together. But injuries to Matt Cain and Ryan Vogelsong contributed to the Giants' starting rotation performing far below expectations, negating a more productive offense. The lineup might have been even better had Angel Pagan, Marco Scutaro and Pablo Sandoval been able to stay healthy. This is close to the same team that won the World Series in 2012 and could recover to challenge the Dodgers for a division title with the right additions.  Needs Sabean's offseason priority has to be starting pitching. That's already been addressed to an extent with the two-year, $35 million contract for Tim Lincecum. But after declining the options on Ryan Vogelsong and Barry Zito, the Giants might need to sign two more starters. One of them will probably be viewed as a No. 3 starter who ca...

Looking Ahead: The San Francisco Giants’ Rotation

The San Francisco Giants will enter the 2014 season with Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, and Tim Lincecum in their starting rotation.  The other two spots however, could fall to a number of different pitchers; several of whom are free agents.  Bronson Arroyo for example, has pitched lights out in San Francisco and is rumored to have shown interest in joining Giants.  The problem...

Hunter Is Worth The Pence

After joining the San Francisco Giants in the middle of 2012, Pence has added some fire to the line up and his teammates. In 221 games with the Giants, Pence has had a split of .267/.325/.458. Not the best yet not the worst by far. Honestly since that faithful day in Cincinnati where “The Speech” was delivered by the Reverend. He has taken his game to a whole new level. Of course...

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This should come as no surprise: a lot of teams are interested in signing San Francisco left-handed reliever Javier Lopez. And even though it comes as no surprise, it’s not exactly comforting for Giants fans, who were hoping that the team could wrap up a deal with the lefty specialist before free agency, like they did with Hunter Pence and Tim Lincecum. No such luck. And...

All the News From the Giants Clubhouse

It’s been a busy first week of free agency around Major League Baseball, even though no big deals have been reached. Still, rumors are flying, coaches are being hired, and situations are unfolding. Here are some quick bits to get you caught up on the latest around the San Francisco Giants organization: Ron Wotus and Seattle As we mentioned last week, Giants bench...

Should the Giants Re-Sign Ryan Vogelsong?

Yesterday we reported that the San Francisco Giants and Ryan Vogelsong are – temporarily at least – going their separate ways. With three starting pitchers under contract for 2014 (Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, and Tim Lincecum), the club opted to give Vogelsong a $300,000 buyout, rather than pick up his pricy $6.5 million option for the upcoming season. For a hot minute...

Giants Rumors: San Francisco the leaders to sign Bronson Arroyo

When the Cincinnati Reds did not extend a qualifying offer to Bronson Arroyo, it meant that the Giants would be serious suitors for him, as they wouldn’t have to give up their first round pick to sign him. Many teams are interested in Arroyo, including the Twins, but it looks like the Giants have set themselves in front of the Arroyo sweepstakes. The San Francisco Giants are...

SF Giants Rumors: Free Agency Has Begun, Latest On Vogelsong, Etc.

Photo Courtesy of Jesse Montellano Today the free agent market has officially begun. Players are now free to explore all of their options and see which teams are drooling over them, or see if any team even has any interest. Some players will be getting huge paydays, and others will be kicked in the stomach with reality that their time in the MLB could be hanging by a thread by accepting...

With Free Agency Up and Running, Tim Lincecum's Deal Suddenly Looks Good

When the San Francisco Giants first re-signed Tim Lincecum for two years and $35 million, most people seemed to think it was an overpay. Fans, analyst, and anyone else with an opinion thought that the Giants had put way too much money into their former ace. And maybe they did. But it sure looks less like it today than it did then. With qualifying offers being rejected, and...
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