While the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers were battling in a tightly contested (and highly entertaining) World Series, us San Francisco Giants fans have been relegated to looking at the offseason of an aging, expensive team and wondering how to turn around this team that lost 98 games last season.
They certainly can, and will, make moves in free agency, but for this team to live up to our expectations, some members of the current squad need to step up and play how we know they are capable of playing.
There is a reason many thought the San Francisco Giants were playoff contenders entering 2017. The team we had on paper was capable of winning 85-plus games. However, as well know, baseball isn’t played on paper.
One reason the front office is so desperate to turn this thing around without a rebuild, is because the pieces should be in place to win. Players who normally have big years for the Giants just didn’t in 2017, and the front office is banking on that not happening again in 2018.
There certainly is an argument for that, and I sure hope they are right. Hopefully there is not a clubhouse problem leading to a lack of effort on the field. But that’s also probably why almost the entire coaching staff has been changed for 2018.
That said, here are three candidates to provide the 2018 Giants with much more than they provided the 2017 Giants.