With a couple of disappointing seasons and a bare farm system, the San Francisco Giants are in danger of being bad for a while.
I hate to always sound like the Scrooge of this site, but I just can’t get on board with what the San Francisco Giants are trying to do.
It should have been clear two months into the 2017 season, but this team has to be blown up and rebuilt.
I understand the front office doesn’t want to give up with their core group of Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, and Brandon Belt.
But here is how I see things: Bumgarner seems vulnerable with a lot of mileage on his arm, Posey is good but not great anymore, Crawford is solid but not great, and I sit on the side of Giants fans that thinks Belt should have been moved a long time ago.
Do I still think this team could win with that core group? Absolutely. But it can’t be done with aging veterans like Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew McCutchen, and Evan Longoria.
At this point, that core four is the aging veterans.
The only way it can be done with that group is with an influx of young talent, and that’s something the Giants don’t have. They have one of the worst farm systems in all of baseball.
Their two best prospects, Joey Bart and Heliot Ramos, are still at least two years away from having an impact.
By that time, the core four will be well out of their prime.
This is a problem that has been in the making for a while now. That’s why I was all for selling last year and trying to bring in some top prospects, but that didn’t happen.
And now we are in a similar situation this year; although, the Giants aren’t necessarily out of the postseason race yet.
The front office is so stubborn, so I’m sure they’ll just try to rebuild this offseason with some more aging veterans that were once really great players.
But in my opinion, this thing needs to be blown. If the Giants don’t do a better job of finding and developing young talent, they are staring down a possible long stretch of mediocrity.