Saturday, October 22, 2016

Scouting the Offseason: 5'th Starter

This one probably doesn't even need to be written up.  The Giants have SP slots 1-4 locked up for 2017 with Bumgarner, Cueto, Samardzija and Moore.  They are not going to spend good money on a 5'th starter no matter what and they have a couple of in-house options with more waiting in the wings in the minor leagues.

Make no mistake.  Matt Cain will get his chance to win back a rotation slot, but he will have a short leash as the Giants seem to be itching to give Ty Blach a longer look after his spectacular late season and postseason success.  They also have Clayton Blackburn and Chris Stratton waiting for shots and if Tyler Beede starts the season strong in Sacramento, he'll be knocking at the door.  I think they will probably also find a way to keep Albert Suarez who did a pretty average 5'th starter's job last year when he was needed.

Oh, the Giants will probably bring in a guy or two on minor league deals just to keep people honest.  They always do.  Just who that might be would be like finding a needle in a haystack.  Last year it was Suarez and he had a terrible spring training, but ended up spending most of the season in SF.

So that's it for the offseason.  Barring a complete makeover of the team which there is not hint of coming from the front office, the Giants have a very short offseason shopping list, most likely beginning and ending with Closer.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Scouting the Offseason: Left Field

With the almost certain departures of Angel Pagan and Gregor Blanco, the Giants have an opening for a new left fielder, a position that has been something of a revolving door since Barry Bonds played it.  I believe the Giants have this one covered.  In his end-of-the-season pressor, Bobby Evans as much as said that Mac Williamson and/or Jarrett Parker would get a shot at the job.  He went so far as to bring Adam Duvall's name into the discussion and went on to say that the Giants believe Mac and Jarrett have more power potential than Duvall.  OK, Bobby.  Then put your money where your mouth is.

Sean Bialaszek over on GGS-Giants makes the case for Mac to win the job.  Mac led the Giants last year in Average Exit Velocity off the bat.  He also hit about 30 HR's if prorated to 600 PA's.  Did you also know that Mac was the 13'th best defensive LF with at least 100 PA's in all of MLB, admittedly a SSS.  Mac's time has come.  He deserves the shot.  You could make a case for a platoon with Jarrett Parker and I'm OK with that to start the season.  I think Mac will gradually take over the position full time as the season goes along.

It's not like the Giants are working without a net by committing to the kids.  If both Mac and Jarrett tank, they could turn 3B over to Conor Gillaspie full time and move Eduardo Nunez to LF.  Nunez would not give you the power you crave out of LF, but he has decent power and is the top SB threat on the team.  He is obviously fast enough to cover the ground out there.  The Giants also have Austin Slater over in Sacramento who deserves a shot if nobody else steps up to take it.

But OK, maybe you still want the Giants to kick a few tires out there?  Here's a rundown on what's available by FA or trade.  It's actually a surprisingly strong list albeit with just one elite name.


Yeonis Cespedes, 31 yo.  Cespedes will opt out of his contract with the Mets, but he's…..not coming here!  I don't know if the Wilpons have the caishish to re-sign him, but someone will, and it won't be the Giants although I see the Giants brought up in connection with him in almost every Q/A out there.  He seems to want to stay in NY so the Mets may find a way to keep him or he could go to the Yanks, Dodgers, Cardinals, Nationals or some mystery team.  It won't be the Giants.  BTW, I'd be A-OK with the Giants signing Cespedes and forgetting about Mac and Jarrett, but I don't think they will.

Ian Desmond, 31 yo.  Desmond found the second half of his career in Texas as an OF.  He actually played mostly CF and played it well.  He went 20/20 again.  I would not expect that to translate well to AT&T Park and hope he doesn't come here.

Matt Holliday, 37 yo.  The Cardinals will buy out his option.  This would be a very Giantsy move to bring him in on a 1 year or 1 year+option in the tradition of Pat Burrell and Michael Morse.  He's a shell of his former self but could probably be a passable 6 or 7 inning option.  I would not be shocked if this actually happened, but again, my preference is to stay in house.

Michael Saunders, 30 yo.  Saunders had a nice season for Toronto, whose ballpark is not like AT&T Park.  He is also playing on glass knees.

Dexter Fowler, 31 yo.  Signing another CF and then putting one of them in LF is a very Giantsy move. They've had their opportunities to go after Fowler and have passed in the past, though.

Carlos Gomez, 31 yo.  I suppose he's an attractive bounceback candidate and should not cost a lot after the last 2 putrid seasons.  He showed he still has some toonder in the bat with a big September.  Extremely streaky, though, and I'm pretty sure the Giants do not need more streakiness in their lineup.

Jose Bautista, 36 yo.  Another attractive bounceback candidate even at 36 yo, but only at the right price and Bautista seems to have wildly unrealistic expectations about his value.

Josh Reddick, 30 yo.  Reddick is probably good enough defensively to take over RF and move Hunter Pence to LF, but I'm not sure how that would go over.  I also don't think the Giants need another LH bat in the lineup.

Mark Trumbo, 31 yo.  Hit 47 dingers this year and the Giants do need dingers.  Trumbo is a fairly one dimensional player, though, and the dingers might not be nearly as plentiful in AT&T Park.


Ryan Braun, 33 yo, Brewers.  Braun had a great offensive season, hitting .305 with 30 dingers.  He might not cost that much in prospects for a team willing to take on his full salary obligations.  Comes with well known baggage.

Khris Davis, 29 yo, A's.  Davis hit 42 HR's for Oakland.  He's up for arbitration and Trader Billy might let him go for the right return.  He's also fairly one dimensional and the power may not play in AT&T.

Justin Upton, 29 yo, Tigers.  Tigers GM Avila basically said the team needs to rebuild.  I'm pretty sure Upton has at least a partial no-trade and he hates AT&T Park.

Matt Kemp, 32 yo, Braves.  Kemp keeps getting traded with the trading team picking up part of his salary which may eventually make him a good value.  Hit 35 HR's for the Braves but basically can't play in the field anymore.  Probably needs to go to an AL club where he can finish his career as a DH.

JD Martinez, 29 yo, Tigers.  See Justin Upton above.  Martinez' D went off a cliff this year but he can hit.

I still want the Giants to give Mac the shot.  Worse case scenario?  Make a midseason trade for a power hitting LF.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Scouting the Offseason: Closers

After the debacle of their 2016 bullpen, which cost an otherwise very good team a shot at another championship, making sure that does not happen again in 2017 will be the Giants #1 offseason priority.   When you look at possible in-house options, you find several pitchers who might be able to handle that responsibility, but no sure things.  There are no flamethrowers on the farm who are ready to graduate and assume the role.  The Giants closer next season will come from outside the organization, which means a free agent signing or a trade.  Let's take a look at the options.  Depending on how they want to allocate their money, the Giants can afford to make a serious run at any of the available options.


Aroldis Chapman LHP, 29 yo.  We all know who Chapman is.  He is the single most dominant closer, heck maybe the most dominant pitcher, in all of baseball.  His FB runs 99-104 MPH and sits at 102.  He is able to command it.  He has secondary pitches that are at least good enough that you cannot found on the fastball in any count.  he can get a wild hair up his nose, but not very often.  His is big and strong enough to go more than 1 inning at a time.  He will be expensive as several big-money teams will be after him including the Cubs and Yankees and possibly the Dodgers.  What it would take to sign him:  $5 years/$90 M.

Kenley Jansen RHP, 29 yo.  The second best closer on the market.  Can blow a Save here and there, but will generally get the job done about 90% of the time.  Has proven he can go more than 1 inning in this postseason.  Dodgers will offer him a QO, but we don't know what penalties and rewards will be attached to a QO in the new CBS due out any day now.  What it will take to sign him:  4 yrs/$60 M.

Mark Melancon RHP, 32 yo.  The 3'rd of the big 3 closers on the market.  He's 3 years older and not quite as dominant as Chapman and Jensen and will therefore come a bit more cheaply.  The Giants made a run at him at the trading deadline and are publicly kicking themselves for not getting a deal done.  The Giants have a history of repeatedly pursuing players they like until they finally get them, one way or another.  Everybody is saying Melancon is the guy they will go after, and that might be right.  What it will take to sign him:  3 yrs/$45 M.

Brad Ziegler RHP, 37 yo.  Not a classic closer, but surprisingly effective with a sidearm/submarine delivery that gets a whole lot of groundballs. Giants and their fans know him well from his years with the Arizona D'Backs.  What it will take to sign him:  2 yrs/$16 M.

Greg Holland RHP, 30 yo.  Holland is coming off TJ surgery, but was one of the top closers in baseball prior to his injury with the KC Royals.  You may remember him from the 2014 WS.  Will come cheaper than other closers of similar talent and will probably be looking for a 1 year rebuild-value contract.  Will probably turn out to be  tremendous bargain for some team, but the Giants are probably looking for more certainty.  What it will take to sign him:  1 yr/$4 M with incentives.


Wade Davis RHP, 31 yo, KC:  Davis has a team option for $10 M with a $2 M buyout.  The Royals would definitely pick up the option, but they also might not want to pay the $10 M.  Davis is rumored to be on the trading block.  He's an elite closer, though, and there will be plenty of teams trying to trade for him.  He will cost a frontline prospect or two.  Chances of him coming to SF:  10%

Andrew Miller LHP, 31 yo, Cleveland:  Cleveland traded for Miller for the stretch run and it's definitely paying off bigly for them.  Question is do they want to take his contract into next season?  Again, if he is available at all, it would take a huge haul to get him.  Chances of him coming to SF:  5%

Cody Allen RHP, 28 yo, Cleveland:  Maybe Cleveland decides to keep Miller but trade the Arbitration eligible Allen whose salary will rise significantly above the almost $5 M he made this year.  Chances of him coming to SF:  5%

Francisco Rodriguez RHP, 35 yo, Brewers:  He's more guile than power now, but he can still close out a game.  Brewers hold option for $8 M.  They are clearly rebuilding and K-Rod would be a nice trade chip to get back some more prospects.  Chances of him coming to SF:  20%

David Robertson RHP, 32 yo, ChiSox:  Robertson still racks up Saves but also blows a few.  Probably still an upgrade from what the 2016 Giants and he has 2 years left on a big contract that the White Sox would almost surely be open to trading.  Chances of him coming to SF:  20%.

Kelvin Herrera RHP, 27 yo, KC:  Elite setup man who could move into the closer role.  Arbitration eligible but how much will his salary go up from the $2.6 M he made this year?  KC may want to keep him to replace Davis as the closer.  Chances of him coming to SF:  Less than 5%

Alex Colome RHP, 28 yo, TB:  A commenter brought up Alex Colome.  I doubt TB would trade their closer with 1 year of minimum salary left, but they may decide to sell high on him.  Would cost some prospects, but would not add anything significant to payroll.

Who do you think will be the Giants Closer in 2017?

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

State of the Giants 2016-2017: Roster Needs

In a previous post, we ran down the Giants current 40 man roster including financial commitments and departing free agents.  Here we'll take another look at the roster to identify specific holes or needs that need to be addressed before next season starts.  We'll start by projecting assignments based on an assumption of no FA acquisitions or re-signs and no trades and then focus on the areas where no player is assigned or where an upgrade is needed.  As a bonus, we'll list the player's 2016 fWAR and league positional ranking by fWAR.


C Buster Posey:  4.0/2
1B: Brandon Belt:  4.4/6
2B Joe Panik:  2.1/14
3B Eduardo Nunez:  2.7/14
SS Brandon Crawford:  5.8/4
LF Open(Williamson/Parker?):  0.5/0.2
CF Denard Span:  1.4/14
RF Hunter Pence 2.1/14


C  Trevor Brown:  0.2
IF Conor Gillaspie: 1.1
IF Tomlinson/Adrianza/Beckham:  0.8/0.2/-0.6.
OF Gorkys Hernandez:  0.2
OF Williamson/Parker: 0.5/0.2


Madison Bumgarner LHP:  4.9/9
Johnny Cueto RHP:  5.5/4
Jeff Samardzija RHP:  2.6/45
Matt Moore LHP:  2.2/51
Open(Matt Cain/Ty Blach?)


Closer- Open
Derek Law RHP:  1.1/37
Hunter Strickland RHP:  0.8/63
Will Smith LHP:  0.8/69
Cory Gearrin RHP:  0.5/95.
George Kontos RHP:  0.2/177
Steven Okert LHP:  0.1/255.
(Albert Suarez?)


5'th Starter(probably in-house)
LF(possibly in-house)
Reserves and non-closer relievers(probably in-house, settled in Spring Training).

In future posts, we'll move on to Scouting the Offseason and take closer looks at each of the open positions and positional battles to see how the Giants 2017 final roster may shake out.

Monday, October 17, 2016

State of the Giants 2016-2017: Departing Free Agents

The Giants have 8 free agents coming off the current 40 man roster, 6 of whom have been key role players in at least 1 championship season and in most cases, multiple championships.  Ordinarily, you would expect a lot of hand wringing and calls for the Giants to overpay to keep the gang together for 1 or 2 more runs, but this time the departures represent an opportunity for the team to get younger and better.  The Giants have in-house replacements for all of the free agents and need the money saved from  their contracts to go out and get themselves a frontline Closer.  Let's break it down(I'll list the player, age, 2016 Salary/AAV in $ M):

Santiago Casilla RHP:  36 yo, 6.5/6.5.  Casilla has been a warrior through 3 championship seasons.  He actually had his best season by K/BB in 2016 and it's not close.  The problem is the 9'th inning seemed to get into his head.  If Bruce Bochy didn't lose faith in him, the fan base certainly did. It became impossible at the end of the season for Boch to even think about sending him out there for the 9'th inning.  Casilla could probably still be a very effective 7'th inning reliever, but you don't pay those guys $6.5 M.  He'll probably have to take a large pay cut in free agency, but it's more palatable with another team.  The Giants have plenty of 7'th inning guy on the roster.  Chances of Return:  5%.

Sergio Romo RHP:  34 yo, 8/7.5.  What a career Romo has had with the Giants, and an unlikely one at that!  Romo pitched effectively when he pitched in 2016, but spent half the season on the DL with a forearm strain.  He would have to take a huge pay cut to come back and again, the Giants have other options for the 7'th and 8'th inning.  Chances of Return:  20%.

Javier Lopez LHP:  39 yo, $5/4.3.  Another legendary Giant from the championship seasons, Lopez walking the lefthanded hitting Anthony Rizzo in the 9'th inning of the final game meltdown was a microcosm of his 2016 season.  He's a lefty hitter killer who couldn't get lefty hitters out, especially in high leverage situations.  Again, the Giants have younger, cheaper options from the left side in the bullpen in Steven Okert, Josh Osich and even Ty Blach.  Chances of Return:  5%

Jake Peavy RHP:  36 yo, 13/12.  Peavy was not a factor from midseason on.  He tried to re-invent himself as a long reliever with mixed success.  If he wants to continue his career he'll have to accept a huge reduction in salary and it will almost certainly be with another team.  Chances of Return:  Less than 5%.

Angel Pagan OF:  35 yo, 10/10.  Pagan actually had one of his most consistent seasons at the plate and set a personal record for HR's in a season.  There was talk that the Giants might be interested in bringing him back on a short term contract.  That probably evaporated when he didn't answer the bell for the final 2 games of the NLDS complaining of back spasms.  Whatever the Giants think of Pagan's health problems probably does not matter.  They need to go with someone younger and more reliable physically.  Chances of Return:  Less than 5%.

Gregor Blanco OF:  33 yo, 3.9/3.75.  Blanco was the best 4'th OF in baseball from 2012-2015 and played a major role in helping them win 2 championships.  He's coming off a down season at age 33 and is getting expensive.  Gorkys Hernandez is younger and faster.  Chances of Return:  10%.

Joe Nathan RHP:  42 yo, .5/.5(prorated).  Cot's contracts has Nathan down for a $1.5 M team option for 2017.  The Giants won't pick that up and Nathan will be a FA.  In September, with the bullpen in full meltdown, Bochy gave him one shot at a high leverage situation which did not go well.  Boch pretty much forgot about him after that.  I suppose there is a small chance he may be back on a minor league deal.  Chances of Return:  20%(minor league deal only).

Gordon Beckham IF:  30 yo, 1.25/1.25(prorated).  Beckham reportedly brought a breath of fresh air into a stale clubhouse in his very short stint with the Giants in September.  Alex P reports that the Giants would like him back.  I'm having a hard time seeing how he fits on the 25 man active roster, so I think it will be only on a minor league deal unless the Giants think he can play SS in a pinch.  Chances of return:  25%.

These departures will free up over $45 M in payroll.  Some of that goes to scheduled pay raises for current players.  Most of the rest will probably go toward bringing in a frontline closer as the Giants have younger and cheaper in-house replacements for each of these free agents.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

State of the Giants 2016-2017: The MLB Roster

The Giants continue to have a healthy core of players at the MLB level, a group that has gradually grown since 2010 with a healthy rate of turnover to younger players.  The team's core really formed in 2010 as a series of high draft picks arrived in the majors in quick succession to join Matt Cain who had arrived a few years earlier.  That core of Cain, Tim Lincecum, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Brian Wilson is now Posey, Bumgarner, Pence, Crawford, Belt, Cueto, Samardzijia, Matt Moore and Joe Panik.  As members of the core have aged or gotten injured, new ones have been acquired through trades, FA signings and farm system graduations.  The challenge for the Giants going forward is to keep adding as the current group inevitably ages and sees a decline in production.  Here is a summery of the complete roster(the numbers after the names include Age, 2017 Salary, AAV, Years left on contract- based on Cot's Baseball Contracts website):


Buster Posey C:  30 yo, $21.4 M, 18.6 M, 5 years(2022 option with $3 M buyout).
Hunter Pence OF:  34 yo, $18.5 M, $18 M, 2 years.
Brandon Crawford SS:  30 yo, $8 M, $12.5 M, 5 years.
Brandon Belt 1B:  29 yo, $2.8 M, $14.7 M, 5 years.
Joe Panik 2B:  26 yo, League Minimum, arbitration eligible 2018, FA eligible 2021.
Madison Bumgarner SP:  27 yo, $11.5 M, $7 M, 1 year + 2 team friendly options through 2019.
Johnny Cueto SP:  31 yo, $21 M, 21.7 M, 5 years(player opt out after 2017).
Jeff Samardzija SP: 32 yo, $18 M, $18 M, 4 years.
Matt Moore SP:  28 yo, $7 M, $7 M, 3 team friendly options through 2019.


Denard Span OF:  33 yo, $9 M, $10.3 M, 2 years(mutual option for 2019).
Eduardo Nunez IF:  30 yo, MLBTR estimated arbitration award $4.4 M, FA eligible 2018.


Matt Cain SP:  32 yo, $20 M, $21.25 M, 1 years($7.5 M buyout for 2018).
Ty Blach SP:  League minimum-ROY eligible.
Chris Heston SP:  29 YO(60 day DL)  League minimum(Likely to be released)


Conor Gillaspie 3B/1B:  29 yo, MLBTR Estimated Arbitration Salary- $900 K.
Mac Williamson OF(60 day DL):  27 yo, league minimum.
Jarrett Parker OF:  28 yo, league minimum.
Gorkys Hernandez OF:  29 yo, league minimum.
Ehire Adrianza IF:  27 yo.  MLBTR Estimated Arbitration Salary- $500+ K.
Kelby Tomlinson IF:  26 yo.  League Minimum.
Trevor Brown C:  25 yo.  League Minimum.
Tony Sanchez C:  29 yo.  Arbitration Eligible?(could be released).


Cory Gearrin RHP:  31 yo.  MLBTR Estimated Arbitration Salary- $1.1 M).
George Kontos RHP:  32 yo. MLBTR Estimated Arbitration Salary- $1.7 M)
Derek Law RHP:  26 yo.  League Minimum.
Steven Okert LHP:  25 yo. League Minimum.
Josh Osich LHP:  28 yo. League Minimum.
Will Smith LHP:  28 yo.  MLBTR Estimated Arbitration Salary- $2.3 M.
Hunter Strickland RHP:  28 yo.  League Minimum.
Albert Suarez RHP:  League Minimum.

FREE AGENTS(with 2016 Salary and AAV):

Santiago Casilla RHP:  $6.5 M/$6.5 M
Javier Lopez LHP:  $5 M/$4.3 M
Sergio Romo RHP:  $8 M/$7.5 M
Jake Peavy RHP:  $13 M/$12 M
Joe Nathan RHP: $500 K/$500 K(Cots has him listed for a $1.2 M club option)(doubt option gets picked up).
Angel Pagan OF:  $10 M/$10 M.
Gregor Blanco OF:  $3.9 M/3.75 M
Gordon Beckham IF:  Beckham made $1.25 M last year but was only on the Giants roster for a few days.

I do not expect the Giants to re-sign any of these FA's except maybe Beckham if they can get him on a minor league deal.  I just don't see a spot on the 25 man roster for Beckham unless they think he can play SS.


Clayton Blackburn RHP:  24 yo.
Kyle Crick RHP:  24 yo.
Joan Gregorio RHP:  25 yo.
Chris Stratton RHP:  26 yo.
Ray Black RHP:  26 yo(60 day DL).


The Giants have $135 M in Salary commitments to a total of 10 players with longterm contracts($149 M in AAV for Luxury Tax purposes).  They have an additional 6 players who are Arbitration Eligible with a total of $10.9 M in MLBTR Estimated Arbitration Salaries.  I expect the Giants to tender contracts to all 6. The remaining 9 25-man active roster spots would be filled with League Minimum salaries for a total of approximately $4.5 M.  League Minimum salaries and Luxury Tax cap could change with the new Basic Agreement expected to be signed at the end of the postseason.

With the only major position, Closer, that must be filled by FA or trade, the Giants should have plenty of room to make a very large offer or take on a large contract via trade and still be well under the Luxury Tax threshold even if it does not rise as expected in the new Basic Agreement.  With 7 expected departing FA's and several other marginal players on the 40 man roster, there should be no problem adding whatever prospects the Giants feel need to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft(which I hope will go away in the new Basic Agreement, but probably won't).

Friday, October 14, 2016

State of the Giants 2016-2017: Ownership/Management

So, after a couple of days of writer's block, we'll delve into where the Giants franchise stands at the end of the 2016 season and look at where they may be headed in the future.  I thought about writing up the entire organization in one post, but that task was too daunting to even get started on, so I'll break it down into sections.

The 2016 Giants made the postseason, barely, for the 4'th time in 7 seasons of the Golden Decade of the 2010's, but it was not a long run as they got bounced in the NLDS by a superior Cubs team that the Giants played tougher than you might expect due to some extraordinary starting pitching.  In any other decade, a season like this would be cause for celebration.  I mean, do you fondly remember the Will Clark years?  The Barry Bonds years?  Unfortunately, in a decade where even years are supposed to bring championships, simply making the postseason is disappointing which tells you how high those 3 championships have raised the bar.

The Giants are still owned by one of the more well-heeled ownership groups in MLB.  They play in a major market and have part ownership of the cable TV station.  I don't know if having part ownership of the TV station is a good thing or not, but it sure SEEMS like a good thing!  They also own the stadium which is almost surely a very good thing.  On top of all that, Managing Partner Larry Baer seems to be a more effective communicator to the less baseball savvy members of the ownership group as we don't seem to get that yearly angst over payroll limitations we used to see with Peter the Pink and even Daddy Neuks.  That may be due to the fact that all of MLB is swimming in money these days or it may be due to ownership discovering firsthand that winning championships can be very lucrative, but it sure is nice to know they are willing to spend when needed to upgrade the team.

It is not clear to me who ultimately calls the shots on the baseball side of management, but Bobby Evans has definitely assumed the role of spokesman for the front office team.  I am not aware of any signs of friction between Evans and Brian Sabean who seems to be in more of an advisory role now so in that sense, the transition has been fairly seamless.  Evans' had a strong first offseason, as he needed to bolster the starting rotation and landed two of the better FA values in Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, plus he upgraded CF from awful to adequate with the signing of Denard Span.  Let's also not forget some savvy under-the-radar pickups the Giants are known for in Conor Gillaspie, Albert Suarez, Gorkys Hernandez and several other minor league FA's who contributed when the wave of injuries struck.  Gillaspie and Hernandez look like they will probably stick around for another season.

Evans' mid-season trading record is a bit more mixed.  I like his aggressiveness in being willing to give up top prospects and even a young MLB player to get what the Giants needed for the stretch run, but he failed to land a frontline closer which even he has expressed regrets over.  Extra credit for getting additional controlled years on the contracts of all 3 mid-season acquisitions.  We'll never know what the Giants would have had to give up to get Mark Melancon, but Evans' sure sounds like it was within reach and he is still kicking himself over it.

John Barr continues to be the Giants chief scout and his drafts under Evans have been solid.  The Giants lost their first round draft pick to sign Samardzija, but this draft was deeper than it was talented at the top.  The Giants landed first round value in round 2 in Bryan Reynolds and at least 2'nd round value in round 3 in Heath Quinn.

Future Hall of Fame Manager Bruce Bochy remained secure in his role.  Most of the coaching staff will remain intact, but replacing longtime Bochy sideman Tim Flannery proved to be a difficult transition as Bochy and 3B coach Roberto Kelly reportedly did not always see eye-to-eye on baserunning decisions.  Kelly made several high profile decisions early in the season that were widely perceived as mistakes, but seemed to get better as the season progressed.  Grant Brisbee over at MCC made some fairly compelling statistical observations to support the notion that Kelly actually did a good job.  Flannery and Bochy were together so long and were so close you have to wonder if Boch will ever be completely happy with anyone else in that role, and Flan seems determined to not ever come back.

Hitting coach Hensley "Bam Bam" Meulens continued to preside over one of the most plate disciplined offenses in all of MLB.  It's not clear to what extent the power outage in the lineup falls on him.  Expect to hear a lot of calls for Barry Bonds to be brought back for some type of hitting coach/instructor role this offseason.  Pitching Coach Dave "Rags" Righetti gets high marks for helping Jeff Samardzija retool is repertoire on the run midseason, but Rags and Boch were not able to fix a bullpen that was completely broken by the end of the season.


Just a few notes about the postseason press conference by Bobby Evans and Bruce Bochy:

In a bit of a surprise, the Giants quickly announced that Roberto Kelly and Billy Hayes would not be returning as 3B and 1B coaches respectively.  While I am sure both of them could have done better at their jobs, base coaching seems to be far from the Giants most pressing problem in 2016(see comments above).

Evans agrees that the Giants need a power bat in LF but strongly implied that they will be looking to find that from within the organization naming Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker as the main contenders.

Sounds like the Giants really liked what they saw from Ty Blach and he might even have a leg up on Matt Cain for the 5'th SP slot next spring.

I think everybody agrees that the Giants top priority this winter will be upgrading at closer.  That will not come cheaply!

Although the Giants are still very high on prospect Christian Arroyo, they feel he is not ready to pencil into the MLB roster for next season and will likely start the season in AAA.  Both Conor Gillaspie and Eduardo Nunez will be back next with with one or the other or both manning 3B.