Major League Off Season Report Card (Giants)

Moves so far

Tim Lincecum

  • SP Tim Lincecum re-signed for 2 years, $35 million
  • SP Tim Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million deal
  • RP Javier Lopez re-signed to a three-year, $13 million deal
  • SP Ryan Vogelsong re-signed with the Giants on a one-year deal worth $5 million
  • LF Michael Morse signed to a one-year deal worth $6 million

Rumor Mill

  • Have thrown 3B Pablo Sandoval’s name around in trade rumors, but trade unlikely

The Giants have spent the last six months locking up all their own players. Before the end of last season, OF

signed a 5 year $90 million extension. Now in this offseason they have resigned Lincecum, Lopez, and Vogelsong, who all had a part in the Giants recent World Series championships.

The Giants get Vogelsong on a favorable one year deal worth only $5 million. He is coming off a rough year, but at such a small price, it really isn’t much of a risk. The other resigning’s, aren’t quite as low risk. Lopez has been one of the better relief pitchers the last few years, but at 36, there is always a concern when giving a player a three year deal. Three years and $13 million isn’t bad, and with how well he pitched last year, he will most likely continue to pitch well. Great relief pitchers have fallen apart after getting big contracts before though, so there is a little room for concern.

The biggest concern is the Tim Lincecum deal. Coming off two of his worst seasons in his career, it’s weird that the Giants would give him such a big contract. After winning two Cy Young Awards, Big Time Timmy Jim has put up three straight diaspointing seasons were he was more of a liability than an asset. This deal seems like a reward for how he pitched earlier in his career, which is always a mistake. Maybe he will turn it around, but right now, this deal is very scary.

The Giants did bring in a couple of new faces in Hudson and Morse. Morse has bounced around a few different teams, and has seen a flux in his performance. His 2011 season put his name on the map, and he followed it up with a decent 2012. His 2013 season was a flop though as he only got on base at a putrid .280 percent, and didn’t have impressive power numbers to make up for it. He looks for a fresh start as he returns to the NL, but being in the pitcher friendly NL West will make it tough for him.

Tim Hudson had become a main stay on the Braves in recent years. He suffered a freak season ending injury last year, and decided this offseason he needed a change of scenery. Despite his age, he has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the past few years. He should fit comfortably into the Giants rotation.

Giants get a B-, The Tim Lincecum deal might hurt, but the other deals they made are all solid.

If Giants make any moves, an update will be posted.

Next team is the Padres.


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