Originally Posted by Smelvin
Or the Dodgers who had a horrific off-season.
Thankfully the Giants had arguably the best off-season in baseball when you consider the holes they filled, and the value they got to fill such holes without going on a spending spree a la AZ or the NY teams.
The Giants remain a perrenial contender by making solid baseball decisions by targeting high value FA's year after year. For all the hype Billy Beane gets, Brian Sabean is the best GM in baseball for my money.
The Dodgers didn't get better, but they didn't get much worse either.
Paul DePodesta lost out on signing J.D. Drew instead of Adrian Beltre and he might have overpaid for Derek Lowe, but this is still a very good baseball team that can win 90 games.
They have the one of the deepest rotations in baseball:
They have a good bullpen, a solid offensive OF in Werth/Bradley/Drew and they finally added a big bat to their weak hitting middle infield of the last 3 years.
Obviously, their offense still has questionmarks but there's room to grow with youngsters like Werth, Choi and Antonio Perez (.296/22/88 .379 OBP/.511 SLG at AAA Las Vegas).
I think the world of Brian Sabean as a GM. Benitez and Alou were major pickups. Vizquel will be a stable glove at SS but he's seen his best days at the plate. My major criticism of the Giants is they make the Oakland Raiders from a few years back look like a college football team.
The average age of their 8 everyday starters is 36 years!!!
None of their 8 everyday starters will have a career year (unless they give Feliz significant playing time) and it's a good bet a few of them will have a downfall season.
Barroid is 41 and he just underwent knee surgery. I know its minor, but that's not good news for anybody at his age. Last, the Giants have the worst track record in baseball of developing home grown position players. They don't have anybody promising to replace these graybeards if a couple of them struggle.
I believe this division is as wide open as ever. The Rockies are the only team without a shot at the title.