(Forgive me if this has been covered to death here. It's been about six months since I last visited this place on a daily/weekly basis because it kinda got boring around when the Giants won the World Series).
The team is going to do what it's going to do this year. I fully expect them to be competitive again, the way they were last year, which means they do have a shot at repeating if they consistently perform for the rest of the regular season, and then lockdown again in the postseason. Guys like Burrell and Tejada will be great bench guys at that time. But what is more interesting to me is how many variables the team has on offense for next year.
C - Buster Posey / Stewart
1B - Huff/Belt
2B - Sanchez/Keppinger
3B - Pablo Sandoval
RF - Carlos Beltran
CF - Andres Torres/Rowand
LF - Schierholtz
This is such a platoon-heavy Bochy team that it's hard to imagine many changes. Orlando Cabrera an Jeff Keppinger are essentially replacements for Juan Uribe/Renteria and Freddy Sanchez. I expect Crawford and Belt to get more playing time next year, but they will really have to step up to be considered super competitive.
I would really like the Giants to retain Beltran, because I think he is the best option.
I could see Ross, Fontenot, and DeRosa going elsewhere.
How do you see it? Am I missing something? Are there any trades/free agent signings you could see happening to switch things going a different direction? Can they finally trade Rowand and Zito next year? Is there an unseen big bat I'm missing?