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Monday, October 18, 2021

Where do the 107-win Giants go from here after early postseason exit?

Second, there’s going to be plenty of money available. Ownership here has proven plenty capable and willing to spend big. The estimated payroll next season right now if they pick up the Posey option and decline Cueto’s is $126 million. They’ve been over $200 million as recently as 2018. They also just went through a successful season which means ticket sales in 2022 will be highly lucrative. It wouldn’t be surprising to see them get up in the ballpark of $210 million. This doesn’t mean only free agency spending. They could also bring on money via trade if other teams are looking to salary dump productive veterans.

To put it simply: Yes, the Giants have a lot of work to do this coming offseason, but they’ll have plenty of money to burn in free agency and the front office should be trusted in shaping the roster via trades, free agency and growth from within. There will be roster turnover and the age thing needs to be dealt with, but the most likely outcome here is that 2021 was a beginning instead of the NLDS loss being the end.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 18, 2021 at 12:50 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: October 18, 2021 at 11:02 AM (#6047139)
Where do broken hearts gooooooo? Do they ever find their way home?
   2. The Honorable Ardo Posted: October 18, 2021 at 04:15 PM (#6047222)
I can't believe how old this team was on the position player side. Wade was born on New Years' Day 1994 and he was the youngest batter to reach 200 PA.
   3. Walt Davis Posted: October 18, 2021 at 05:06 PM (#6047238)
Let's see. Stathead finds 362 players with 200+ PA in 2021. A bit less than a third (115) were younger than 27.

Playoff teams:

Giants 0 of 15
Rays 6 of 13 (4 were 26)
Cards 4 of 10 (2 were 26)
Braves 3 of 11
Dodgers 3 of 13 (one was Bellinger)
White Sox 5 of 14 (incl Madrigal who was traded)
Astros 5 of 11
Red Sox 3 of 10 (wow, just 10 guys and the #12 guy in PAs is Schwarber ... that was a very healthy lineup)
Yankees 2 of 13 (Torres & Frazier who weren't very good this year)
Brewers 2 of 13 (Hiura missed by 3 PA but he was terrible)

So the Giants were definitely outliers, both in having no young players but also in the number who cleared 200 PA. But only the Astros and Rays have a substantially higher proportion of under-27 than the league average -- which probably isn't surprising since good teams probably feature more players in their primes.

But if you were gonna pick a first-to-worst team for next year, it's the Giants. Huge seasons out of Posey (34), Belt (33), Crawford (34), Longoria (35). Maybe 2 guys get hurt, 2 guys show their age, their surprisingly good AAAA OF turns back into AAAA, Gausman and DeSclafani turn back into Gausman and DeSclafani, Webb comes up lame. Unless BALCO has re-opened, I don't hold out much hope for the 2022 Giants. Of course I didn't hold out much hope for the 2021 Giants and look what happened.
   4. Darren Posted: October 19, 2021 at 10:49 AM (#6047399)
Keep doing whatever they did last year.
   5. Mefisto Posted: October 19, 2021 at 10:53 AM (#6047401)
Getting another 12+ WAR out of Crawford, Posey and Belt will be a challenge.

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