After re-signing pivotal in-house free agents and adding veteran right-handed pitcher Tim Hudson to a previously formidable rotation, the San Francisco Giants‘ projected 25-man roster has begun to take shape.
The only gaping void remaining on the Giants’ roster is left field, where Andres Torres and Gregor Blanco combined to put up inadequate offensive numbers last season. As the free agent market begins to dwindle in the wake of several big signings, it appears likely for the Giants to become reliant upon another platoon to fill out their roster.
General manager Brian Sabean could potentially add another bat via trade, although San Francisco remains quiet in the rumor mill. Ichiro Suzuki has recently been unofficially demoted in New York due to a pair of free agent acquisitions. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants could have some interest. It seems unlikely for San Francisco to add another left-handed bat to platoon with Blanco, but it’s not entirely far-fetched.
The Giants ultimately feature an offense decrepit of supreme power, which will force added pressure on everyday players to hit in the clutch. It’s also critical for the Giants’ starting pitchers to perform at exceptional levels in order to contend next season, specifically because their offense will probably struggle to average four runs per game.
San Francisco’s 25-man roster is going to resemble a similar cast to the team that won just 76 games in 2013. At this juncture of free agency, it’s highly unlikely for the Giants to pursue a player that demands big money. It’s also distinctly improbable for San Francisco to cough up highly coveted prospects, such as Kyle Crick, Edwin Escobar and Mac Williamson, in order to acquire a potential difference-maker on offense.
The culmination of existing contracts and a candid willingness to avoid blockbuster free agent signings has sparked the Giants’ impending 2014 roster. San Francisco will likely remain in active pursuit of roster upgrades, but a major shake-up is unlikely to occur. The current state of the free agent market is unimpressive prompting the Giants to presumably enter the 2014 season with a middling roster that appears average at best.
Starting Pitchers: Matt Cain (RHP), Madison Bumgarner (LHP), Tim Lincecum (RHP), Hudson (RHP), Ryan Vogelsong (RHP)
Bullpen: Sergio Romo (RHP), Santiago Casilla (RHP), Jeremy Affeldt (LHP), Javier Lopez (LHP), Heath Hembree (RHP), Jean Machi (RHP), George Kontos (RHP)
Position Players: Buster Posey (C), Brandon Belt (1B), Marco Scutaro (2B), Brandon Crawford (SS), Pablo Sandoval (3B), Blanco (LF), Angel Pagan (CF), Hunter Pence (RF)
Bench: Hector Sanchez (C), Brett Pill (1B), Tony Abreu (2B) Joaquin Arias (SS), Xavier Paul (OF)