We all love those worst to first stories that grace Major League Baseball from time to time. Unfortunately those stories rarely end with a worst to first franchise staying on top for a while. The only example I can really think of is the Atlanta Braves and even that didn’t include many World Series appearances. When things are flipped and a team goes from first to one of the worst in MLB; that has a tendency to stick around. Even knowing this, the San Francisco Giants seem to be changing nothing.
They are re-signing Hunter Pence and talking of re-signing Tim Lincecum. I have nothing against those guys and surely they will produce somewhat next season. The issue is that the Giants seem to be banking on returning to the World Series in 2014 with almost the exact same team. The only problem with that then is this is that team and they didn’t. Logic would tell you that something might need to change; something big.
If we look at a player like Buster Posey that had a career year in 2012, who is to say he ever will have that kind of a season again? He certainly could end his career as one of the best backstops ever and not return to those MVP numbers. Who then is going to provide the extra production? Players that were one year older this year will be two years removed next year. Before we all know it there will be a bunch of 30-something year olds who once won a World Series.
The Giants probably don’t need a ton of changes but going forward with as few changes as it appears they will make is extremely risky. Another year removed is just one more year it will take to rebuild a winning team. They don’t need to get in the spot where they have to wait on their division for five years; make a few moves now.