San Francisco Giants Have to Make Hard Choices in Order to Rebuild
By Jake Mastroianni
In order for the San Francisco Giants to turn this ship around, they are going to have to make some difficult changes this upcoming offseason.
I’ve been screaming it from the rooftops for over a year, but it’s time for the San Francisco Giants to tear it down and rebuild.
The front office tried it their way in 2018 by piecing together the best team they could, but even if healthy I don’t think that plan would have worked out.
I’ve stated it plenty of times on here, but the strategy of paying aging veterans a lot of money and winning championships through free agency is over.
The San Francisco Giants should very well know that as they won three World Series with essentially homegrown talent.
If you want to compete in today’s environment, you need a plethora of young talent.
Unfortunately for Giants fans, they are very thin in that department.
And the only way for that to quickly turn around is to trade off your best assets.
That means the San Francisco Giants should be aggressive this offseason in trading Jeff Samardzija, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Brandon Belt, Evan Longoria, Joe Panik, and Brandon Crawford.
Anyone that is not going to be a part of this team two-to-three years from now needs to go.
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I know just seeing names like Bumgarner and Posey on that list is difficult for some to even read, but in my opinion, that’s the only way this thing gets turned around.
If you could flip those two players for four top prospects, suddenly the Giants farms system doesn’t look quite bad and there is hope for the future.
Obviously, in a deal like that, you aren’t likely to get back the same caliber of player like the one you are trading. But at the same time, I could argue that neither of those guys is playing at an elite level anymore — especially Posey.
I know not all of those players are tradeable, but the San Francisco Giants have to at least listen on them this offseason.
If they can move some of those guys and restock the farm system, while pilling up top prospects through the draft, the San Francisco Giants could turn this thing around in a couple of years.
Otherwise, I think we continue to see the Giants fade to the back of the NL West for the several years to come.