Baseball is a game that relies a lot on luck. Teams still have to be good, but the ball has to bounce their way. The San Francisco Giants the past two years, simply put, have been unlucky and bad.
The San Francisco Giants performance over the last two years has led to a complete overhaul of the front office, starting with the new head of Baseball Operations, Farhan Zaidi, who was poached from the Dodgers. Therefore, why has the front office not made any real moves?
With the Giants having more holes in their roster than Swiss cheese, moves seemed imminent. For the most part, this rang true. Rumors about a Madison Bumgarner trade swirled, and Zaidi met with agents at the Winter Meetings; notably, super-agent Scott Boras, who represents Bryce Harper and Yusei Kikuchi,
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However, the only Major League signing since the start of the offseason has been the ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte. Venditte is certified fun, but also 34 and has not really had the ability to stick in the big leagues.
The lack of moves could be traced back to the slow moving nature of the market last year, and the seeming continuation this year. This year has been different though, with basically zero information concerning the Giants reported since the Winter Meetings.
This could be because the front office is still understaffed, as a general manager has not been hired yet. This could be because the Giants might just want to keep the payroll low, trade away anyone with value at the trade deadline, and rock with the full waiver claim starting 9 to secure a high draft pick.
These theories do not even go into the idea that the Giants might want to try and compete again. With Arizona throwing in the towel and San Diego not ready to compete (unless they swing a trade for a Corey Kluber and sign a big bat), there are only two teams other than the Giants who actually are trying to win.
People forget that the Giants were a .500 team until their offense decided to try and revive the dead ball era. Farhan Zaidi was given the keys to a beat up, run down sports car. Whether he decides to turn it into ignition one last time, or sell it for parts is to be determined.