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Giants: Five bold predictions for the MLB offseason

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 15: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants pitches during the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /

Here are five bold predictions for how a busy offseason for the San Francisco Giants will play out.

The offseason has begun and the San Francisco Giants have a number of decisions to make. The to-do list includes who will be the next manager and general manager, whether Madison Bumgarner will be on the team next year, as well as if they’ll land top free agents or cut ties with any of their incumbent veterans.

No one is certain what Farhan Zaidi will do. Will he be content with fielding a team that fails to make the playoffs for the fourth year in a row? Or will he try to make some splashy moves in an effort to make a quick return to contention?

He is most likely looking at the long-term and trying to figure out how he can best position the team to compete for NL West titles a few years from now. But that doesn’t mean surprising decisions are impossible.

There is a chance the team will sit on their hands much like they did last year, and that is increasingly likely given the fact that the modern form of free agency is anything but exciting.

Another Drew Pomeranz signing is more likely than a run at Gerrit Cole. That approach would be in the name of future success, not some sort of quick sugar rush of a year that produces 85 wins and a glimmer of hope at the Wild Card Game, only to be back at square one a few years later.

So with all of this in mind, let’s take a crack at five bold predictions for the San Francisco Giants this offseason.

These predictions are based on Zaidi’s tendencies, early reports, and recent offseason history. I hope some of these predictions turn out to be wrong, but I feel that some bold decisions will be made and the 2020 team will look quite different.

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