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2013 Record: (76-86, 3rd Place)
Key Free Agents: Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito, Javier Lopez, Andres Torres, Jeff Francoeur
World Series Hangover- the season following a World Series championship in which the defending champions struggle to reach expectations or fail to even be remotely competitive for the majority of the year
Yes, 2013 was certainly a forgettable one for the defending champs. Though, coming off their 2nd title in three years certainly warrants they receive a pass.
Their starting pitching, the strength of this team over the past five years struggled mightily. Their ace, Matt Cain uncharacteristically struggled for the majority of the year. Tim Lincecum regressed for the 2nd consecutive season, and the back-end duo of Barry Zito and Ryan Vogelsong were absolutely brutal.
Heading into 2014 they have their core in place (having already re-upped Hunter Pence and inexplicably Tim Lincecum before they could hit the market) but for the first time in a while, need an innings eater behind the aforementioned Cain, Lincecum and underrated superstar Madison Bumgarner. Yusmeiro Petit is expected to be given a spot, leaving the door open for one more.
Expect Brian Sabean to sign one of these veteran starters to a 2-3 year deal and then familiarize yourself with the name Kyle Crick. This way you won’t be caught off guard like other NL teams will be in 2015.
Potential FA Fits: Bronson Arroyo, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jiminez, Ervin Santana, Dan Haren, Jacoby Ellsbury, Shin-Soo Choo
Soon after Sabean gets his starting rotation in order, expect the Giants to make a serious push for an OF. They have an obvious need there and are dying for some production out of the leadoff spot.
Angel Pagan is a nice player but don’t expect him to don that role in 2014.
This is not a bad time to go after outfield production out of your leadoff spot either. Two of the highest profile free agents would be a perfect match in the Bay Area.
I would be utterly shocked if the Giants weren’t serious bidders for either Jacoby Ellsbury or Shin-Soo Choo. Either one of them would push Pagan over to left while immediately setting the table for guys like Buster Posey, Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Belt. If they were to miss out on one of these guys, they will have an extremely difficult time scoring enough runs to compete with the Dodgers.
How exciting would it be for baseball if the Giants and Dodgers get back to playing meaningful games in the second half again? An underrated rivalry, things didn’t feel the same out there this year.
Expect a major bounce back from the Giants in 2014, and especially Matt Cain. He, for the first time, has something to prove.
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