Giants to put emphasis on pitching and defense
Originally Published: November 5, 2007By John Shea | Special to ESPN.com
The Giants posted a losing record for the third straight season, and 2007 was more about Barry Bonds' pursuit of Hank Aaron's home run record than the team's pursuit of victories.
GM: Brian Sabean
Manager: Bruce Bochy
'07 record: 71-91, 5th NL West
'07 payroll: $90.5M, 11th MLB
Runs scored: 683, 15th NL
Runs allowed: 720, 3rd NL
OPS: .708, 16th NL
ERA: 4.19, 5th NL
Fielding percentage: .986, T-2nd NL
Primary needsThis is a team with holes throughout the lineup and bullpen. Among everyday players, only catcher Bengie Molina and outfielder Randy Winn appear to have their starting jobs secured. With Bonds gone, nobody in the organization is a prototypical 3-4-5 hitter, so the Giants need to fill more than one spot with a power hitter. For now, the closer would appear to be untested Brian Wilson, though the back end of the bullpen is mostly up in the air.
Free agentsLF Barry Bonds, SS Omar Vizquel, 3B Pedro Feliz, 1B/OF Ryan Klesko, RHP Russ Ortiz. The Giants have to rely on free agents because of their inability to sign and develop position players. They may consider Alex Rodriguez to replace Bonds as the resident superstar. But because they have so many holes, it may be wiser to spread the wealth and upgrade at more positions than one.
Trade baitThe most tradable player is Lowry, a middle-of-the-rotation lefty who led the Giants with 14 wins in 2007. He could be shopped for a young hitter and prospects. The Giants view Lowry as expendable because their rotation is the deepest in the NL West. Other than Lincecum and Cain, no one on the roster is safe, except for Zito, if only because teams wouldn't take on his contract.