Even after acquiring Andrew McCutchen on Monday, the San Francisco Giants still have some work to do this offseason.
First off, I’m not someone who believes in shooting for a Wild Card. If the Giants are going all-in, and it appears they are, they should be shooting for the division.
After the trade for McCutchen, Jon Heyman said the Giants are still just the third or fourth best team in the National League West.
While I hardly ever agree with anything Heyman says, I understand where he’s coming from. And I completely agree with him that the Giants don’t need to worry about the luxury tax. With the age of their players, there is a small window here to win, might as well go all out.
The needs for the Giants that remain are a center fielder, a starting pitcher and a bullpen piece.
If the Giants want to try and compete for the division, they need to go make these moves.
We’re talking about turning around a team that lost 98 games last year and was the worst team in the National League.
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I know the Giants aren’t nearly as bad as they showed last year, but it’s hard to imagine them turning around and winning 90-plus games without a major overhaul.
If the front office is serious about winning another World Series with this group, then they can’t hold back. They need to ignore the luxury tax and get the players available that are going to help us win a title over the next two or three years.
If it’s possible, they need to fill all these holes without committing too many years to any one player.
I do believe the window for this group is very small, so we don’t need to get stuck with bad contracts when we eventually have to tear it down and rebuild.
I’m glad the front office is finally giving us a direction for the team, but it’s not going to mean anything if they don’t follow through and finish putting this team together.