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2017 FanSided Winter Meetings Sim: San Francisco Giants Results

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 19: Pitcher Jake Odorizzi #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners on August 19, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 19: Pitcher Jake Odorizzi #23 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during the first inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners on August 19, 2017 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Final Thoughts

Granted, I’m not too sure how many of these trades the Giants would’ve made in real life, but I had to get creative. After all, that’s what the Giants front office has been told to do. I doubt the Giants end up trading Belt for Kipnis in real life, and in real life, without a 15% budget increase cap, the Giants would’ve likely signed someone like Logan Morrison or Yonder Alonso (I really wanted this but didn’t have budget room) to replace Belt even if he had been traded. At the end of it all the 25 man roster that I would likely end up with looks like this.

Starters (5)

  • Madison Bumgarner, LHP
  • Johnny Cueto, RHP
  • Jake Odorizzi, RHP
  • Jhoulys Chacin, RHP
  • Yohander Mendez, LHP

Bullpen (8)

Infield (6)

Outfielders (6)

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Look, I’m sorry if it doesn’t tickle your fancy, but it’s a sim. It’s fake. The Giants improved their WAR in all three outfield spots, as well as two of the infield spots. Kipnis had a lower WAR than Panik, but only played 90 games, which likely played a big part in that. Matt Adams may not have a higher WAR than Belt did, but if he has a decent season, then you re-sign him.

If not, Chris Shaw could conceivably step up and into his place sometime soon. If that doesn’t work out, they could find a one year solution after Adams, and hold out for the 2020 FA class of first-baseman that includes Justin Smoak, Jose Abreu, and Paul Goldschmidt. It’s fine, it’ll do. REMEMBER.

This was all fake. I encourage you to take your orange lensed glasses off and look at this objectively, I’m pretty sure you’d see that roster and rotation, and think, “Huh, contender.” Well, that was the goal. Set yourself up to be a contender. The Giants need to be better, and more exciting in 2018. This roster can do that. But again, it’s all a sim. Good luck!

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