Dreamer’s Holiday: Fixing the Giants…the Jenkins way.
Looking ahead to the Giants’ offseason and how they can resume supremacy in the NL West:
—The major free-agent targets - Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder and Jose Reyes - are out of reach. Take an early run at Carlos Beltran, assuring him the lineup will strengthen, and if he has his doubts, forget it; he won’t be worth signing. See if Jimmy Rollins really wants to leave Philadelphia (he’d be perfect as the leadoff hitter and shortstop). And go strong on the Twins’ Michael Cuddyer, a proven leader and solid hitter who can play almost anywhere.
—Mark DeRosa’s $5.5 million salary is coming off the books; see if he’d stay for less. The stretch drive showed he has something left, and he’s invaluable as a bench guy with character.
—The obscenely rich Yankees and Red Sox have terrible starting rotations that will let them down in October (if the Sox even get there). The Braves’ staff is broken-down and overworked. Never forget what Bruce Bochy, Ron Wotus, Dave Righetti and bullpen coach Mark Gardner mean to the Giants in terms of handling and protecting pitchers. There wasn’t a single pitch-count issue all year, and the Giants enter 2012 with a rock-solid rotation core of Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong. It’s the envy of all of baseball, and the rewards will be sweet.
Posted: September 28, 2011 at 08:56 AM | 14 comment(s)
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