Wednesday, March 26, 2008

'08 RAPs: San Francisco Giants

In their final year with Barry Bonds as the face of the franchise, the Giants continued to go way downhill; a slide that began shortly after their 2002 World Series defeat. So the Giants of course went into full-on sell mode... or not! Instead of trading away veterans like Bengie Molina, Omar Vizquel, or Ray Durham, most overrated GM in the world, Brian Sabean, went out and over-paid for an aging center fielder in Aaron Rowand.
Here are the Giants only two significant off-season moves:
-Signed outfielder Aaron Rowand to a five-year contract.
-Claimed infielder Jose Castillo off waivers from the Florida Marlins.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Tim Lincecum
SP2: Barry Zito
SP3: Matt Cain
SP4: Kevin Correia
SP5: Johnathan Sanchez
CL: Brian Wilson

C: Bengie Molina
1B: Rich Aurilla
2B: Ray Durham
SS: Omar Vizquel
3B: Euginio Valez
LF: Dave Roberts
CF: Aaron Rowand
RF: Randy Winn

Easiest- The Giants will finish dead last.
Boldest- Barry Zito will earn his money by posting a sub-3.75 ERA.
Team MVP/Best Pitcher- Barry Zito (7-8 wins, sub 3.75 ERA)
Best Hitter- NONE (Rowand will have the best year with 10-15 HRs and 60-70 RBIs)
Breakout Player- Tim Lincecum (5-6 wins, 200 K's, 160 IP)

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