With little activity from the San Francisco Giants so far this offseason, it may be wise to sit back and wait on short-term solutions.
First, let me say that there are still a lot of good options out there that could help the Giants turn this ship around. But we’ve also whiffed on several of those players already.
Let’s be honest though, the Giants were the worst team in National League West last year, and all the other teams have made moves to get better.
It looks like the San Diego Padres are setting up to contend, while the Colorado Rockies are building a shutdown bullpen.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are still better than us right now.
I understand taking the chance to get Giancarlo Stanton because that’s a player that could immediately turn a team around. But there isn’t anyone else like that available — expect maybe Manny Machado.
Even then, there are still a number of other holes the Giants have to fill.
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I know fans are anxious for the front office to do something, but at this point I think it’s best to wait.
If you believe the Giants are going to contend in 2018, then you believe everyone will have a bounce-back year.
If that’s the case, then just go out and find a couple of short-term solutions and hope everybody else bounces back.
The Giants could go out and get someone like Andrew McCutchen, and then sign a couple of free agents in January on one-year deals as they try to re-establish their market.
There are always those players who never have a market develop, and instead decide to take a one-year deal to re-establish their value.
Yoenis Céspedes was a great example of that a couple of offseasons ago.
The idea is that next year will be a huge offseason, so don’t get tied up in long-term contracts right now. The Giants have a lot coming off the books after 2018. They should be trying to clear as much room as possible to go after the big free agent targets next offseason.
I know as soon as I publish this they’ll make a huge move, but I’m all on board for trying to patch work this thing in 2018 and see what happens, but don’t hamper your payroll with long-term contracts in order to make a big splash next offseason.