Giants Looking for a World Series repeat

Trevor Rechnitz, Staff Writer

by Trevor Rechnitz

Yes Giants fans, that World Series really happened. But for all of you band-wagoners who only tuned in for NLCS and World Series thrillers, allow me to fill you in on the World Series champions’ offseason happenings.

  • World Series cornerstone Juan Uribe decided he’d rather be a Dodger and signed with Los Angeles.
  • Signed shortstop Miguel Tejada to replace a backstabbing Uribe and a whiny Renteria.
  • Resigned Aubrey Huff to a two year $22 million dollar deal. Diamond encrusted rally thong?
  • Pablo Sandoval has shed 38 pounds and is hoping to be the lean mean hitting machine he was in his rookie year. With two homers already this spring, Sandoval is well on his way.
  • Payroll increased from $95 million to $120 million dollars to avoid arbitration with Cody Ross, Jonathan Sanchez, Javier Lopez and Andres Torres.
  • Added Jeff Supan for security in case of a pitching staff injury.
  • Picked up Lou Pinella as front office player advisor (hmm…).
  • Signed minor league contracts with players like Marc Kroon, Josh Banks and Brian Lawrence.

So as you can see, the Giants are sticking with the pitch to win mindset. With a similar rotation to last year, consisting of Lincecum, Cain, Sanchez, Bumgarner and Zito, the Giants are hoping to continue where they left off last season, with a combined 3.36 ERA. Although this strategy has been proven numerous times, picking up a solid cleanup hitter wouldn’t hurt anyone.

While the next Posey-ish rookie, first baseman Brandon Belt, develops, the World Series champions might need another big bat. A free agent like Joe Crede would add much needed depth to a shallow offensive lineup. With a more mature Buster Posey, a trimmed down Sandoval, a consistent Huff and more stellar pitching, it’s not crazy to think we could be in for another season of torture (hooray!).

The best part about all of this, is that the core of their team is very young. Homegrown stars Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Buster Posey could be joined by Belt and young flamethrower Zach Wheeler in the not too distant fure. Definitely a scary thought for the rest of the league.