Postseason hero Travis Ishikawa is back to provide some depth at 1b and in the outfield. Here’s to the postseason hero of 2014!
While fans of the San Francisco Giants may have some long-term concerns over the possibility of signing Zack Greinke to a deal that will likely take him through his age-38 season, the team’s pursuit of the Cy Young runner-up is a brilliant move in every possible way. Greinke, coming off a season in which he posted a 1.66 ERA and went 19-3 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is likely seeking what Kion Kashefi believes will be a six-year deal worth in excess of $30 million per season.
With Greinke’s age and San Francisco’s recent misfortune regarding lucrative and long-term deals to pitchers on the wrong side of 30, why exactly are the Giants wise to pursue the best remaining free agent on the market this winter?
One look at the rotation in Los Angeles should provide a clue regarding the brilliance of this strategy. The Dodgers, the reigning NL West champs, feature an expensive but imperfect roster that proved to be wildly inconsistent on offense and relied on a rotation that was devastatingly injury-prone. The club’s saving grace in 2015 was the strength of the 1-2 punch of Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, which is why it makes sense for the Giants to pair Greinke with a dominant lefty of their own in Madison Bumgarner. The fact that the San Francisco rotation will become stronger while simultaneously weakening the Los Angeles rotation only makes the move all the more shrewd.
Of course, Greinke will need to perform like an ace if he is going to live up to the lucrative contract he is reportedly seeking, but the right-hander has only gotten better with age and has always been more reliant on control than on velocity, with many believing he will be able to perform like Greg Maddux did through his mid-to-late 30s.
It looks like Jon Lester is off the table for the Giants. The free agent pitcher called the team Tuesday to say that he would not pitch for San Francisco.
Bobby Evans says that he believes Lester would prefer to pitch for his former team, the Red Sox, or the Cubs. This means the Giants will be going without Pablo Sandoval, Yasmany Tomas and now Jon Lester; A grim prospect considering the significance of these free agents.
“We finished first in the most important area, though,” Evans said, subtly gloating over the World Series win.
The Giants have been talking about including one of their most heavy hitters for the new NLCS Roster! Morse is getting allot of attention and his batting averages have been causing much excitement for Dave Drwencke and his fellow Baseball friends as well as the SF Giants community. The plan is for Morse to start in left field in an instructional league game on Thursday and then meet the team in St. Louis on Friday for Dave Drwencke too go absolutely nuts. This will be a game changer for the SF Giants as Morse’s games have been spectacular in the past. Cannot wait to see the SF Giants vs. Cardinals game this saturday! Dave Drwencke gooooooooooo SF Giants!