Who is Safe if the San Francisco Giants Decide to Blow it Up?
By Jake Mastroianni
With the writing now on the wall, it’s time to start thinking about who will survive a rebuild for the San Francisco Giants.
Those who matter haven’t officially called this a rebuild, but I personally think it’s time to blow it up.
The San Francisco Giants have had one of the best runs in baseball the past six years or so, but it’s come to an end.
Now it’s time to regroup, rebuild and look at making another long run.
We’ve already seen the beginnings of that with the recent call ups of some the San Francisco Giants top prospects. I think we continue to see even more of that as the season progresses.
The organization needs to see who will play a big role in the future of this team, and who won’t.
But what we are going to focus on in this article are the pieces currently in place that will be part of that rebuild.
We’ve talked a lot about who should be traded, but who needs to be kept?
I think right off the bat you have to think that Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner would be the central part of this rebuild.
The Giants should do everything they can to make sure these two stay in place. But who else should be part of the next wave of success?
I don’t think any of the other pitchers in the current rotation should be part of the rebuild. Maybe Ty Blach as a back-of-the-rotation guy, but I don’t consider him an important piece to the next wave.
What makes me nervous the most is that Bumgarner has a lot of innings on his arm, and I don’t think there is anyone currently in the system that comes close to his level in the next few years.
When the San Francisco Giants sell off this year, they need to be looking for pitching in return.
As far as offense, I think Brandon Crawford needs to stay. It’s hard to find someone as good as he is at shortstop. He and Posey are both 30, but I think they still give you solid production for the next three-to-four years.
I know San Francisco Giants fans love him, but I think it’s time to cut ties with Hunter Pence. I don’t see him being a part of this rebuild, so it’s best to try and flip him for a prospect this summer.
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Joe Panik is a tough one because he’s still just 26. I think the San Francisco Giants give him another year before making a decision on his future with the club.
The last decision to be made is the most controversial one. San Francisco Giants fans definitely have a love/hate relationship with Brandon Belt.
He’s just 29, but I’m on the side of the fence that says it’s time to move on. I know he gets on base, but I want home runs out of my first baseman.
I think the San Francisco Giants made that very clear in the MLB Draft, and that’s why I don’t think Belt is part of this rebuild.
I can’t wait to see what the San Francisco Giants do this summer, and I can’t wait to see what the young kids do at the major league level.
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Who do you think the San Francisco Giants should keep as they regroup for another championship run? Let us know in the comment section below and on Twitter @RoundTheFoghorn.