The San Francisco Giants Need to get Younger
By Jake Mastroianni
After trying it their way in 2018, it’s time for the San Francisco Giants front office to try it the right way this offseason by getting younger.
It’s becoming more-and-more obvious that this is a young man’s game, and the San Francisco Giants have yet to catch on. Whatever your opinion is on the steroid era, players can no longer put up huge numbers in their mid-to-late thirties.
You saw this trend last offseason when teams refused to give big money to free agents in their thirties. It just doesn’t make sense anymore.
When the San Francisco Giants decided to go after Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria last year, while I didn’t say I hated the moves, I certainly didn’t think it was going to change much.
In defense of the front office, this year’s team was much more competitive, but the bar was set pretty low from last year.
And who knows, maybe if the pitching stayed healthy we’re still in a race for a playoff spot.
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But regardless, they have to find a way to get younger this offseason.
What makes this offseason so huge is that there are a lot of big-time free agents hitting the open market in their mid-to-late twenties. Teams will be willing to open up their pocketbooks for players at that age.
The only problem is, I think the Giants can only afford one big move this offseason, and they are several moves away.
To me, it all starts with the farm system. That is how the San Francisco Giants built their dynasty, and if they’re going to build another one, that’s how it will have to happen again.
You can’t keep trying to piece this team together with aging veterans and hope to strike gold. That’s not the proven recipe for success these days.
Look at the teams like the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and Atlanta Braves. They all built their success around a good farm system that they developed.
Even the Yankees, who were known for piecing together veteran teams through free agency in the past, had to switch gears and focus on developing young talent.
That’s where this game is going, and the San Francisco Giants are already way behind. They can’t afford to let another offseason go by without doing something about their lack of young talent.