What the San Francisco Giants Won't Do

There are, oh, about 40 days until spring training starts. By this time of year, the free agent market is usually set, but there are still a ton of teamless folks out there. What will the Giants do? My attempt at breaking down the possibilities:

  • The Giants will do nothing; this is the roster, with the possible exception of a minor free agent like Rich Aurilia, Joe Crede, or Ty Wigginton. Deal with it.

Oh my, no. That will upset the fans. Angry KNBR listeners and internet commenters are expecting big things. BIG things. And there’s a popular belief that Sabean is just biding his time to do something akin to the David Bell or Benito Santiago moves, which were made relatively late in the offseason.

Prediction: This is not what the Giants will do.

  • The Giants will make a big trade, dealing away prospects, Jonathan Sanchez, or even Matt Cain.

Oh my, no. The foundation of this team’s future is built on young pitching, so it wouldn’t make sense for Sabean to trade a top prospect like Madison Bumgarner or Tim Alderson for a quick fix, nor would it make sense to trade Jonathan Sanchez when his value is possibly down because of a misleading ERA. Maybe, just maybe, if Noah Lowry shows up on February 12th throwing 89 MPH, the Giants would consider dealing Sanchez.

Prediction: This is not what the Giants will do. 

  • The Giants will sign a big, power-hitting free agent.

Oh my, no. There just aren’t that many power hitters out there right now. Adam Dunn, sure, but he doesn’t want to play first, and he shouldn’t be lumbering around in the Mays Field outfield. Manny Ramirez will finally get his third guaranteed year from the Dodgers, and the Giants don’t want to commit to Manny long-term.

Prediction: This is not what the Giants will do.

So there you have it. I can definitively write that the Giants will not sign a free agent to be in the starting lineup, they will not make a substantial trade, and they will not just stand pat. It’s pretty obvious if you think about it.

Comment starter: Your obviously wrong ideas about what the Giants will or will not do before the season starts.

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