OK, baseball, here’s the deal: please, for the love of god, do something.
December is a great month for a whole bunch of reasons: winter, holidays, snow (depending on your location), and eggnog (unless you’re one of those weirdos that doesn’t like eggnog, and if that’s the case, shame on you). What December isn’t great for is baseball news. Good lord, the lack of baseball news in December is disturbing.
Or, I should say, the lack of Giants news in December is disturbing.
Friend of the blog, Wendy Thurm, has an excellent piece up on FanGraphs on the Giants offseason and why it’s a head-scratcher. The piece essentially focuses on the Giants offseason and the lack of offensive upgrades that this team so desperately needs. The Giants took the worst scoring team in the National League and added (or kept) Jeremy Affeldt, Javier Lopez, Melky Cabrera, Angel Pagan, Eli Whiteside, and Emmanuel Burris. After keeping those players, the Giants said, “… annnnd done” while walking away and dusting their hands loudly. And that isn’t to say that I hate all the previous players I just mentioned, but each day it’s looking like a real possibility that Carlos Beltran (the guy we traded our #1 prospect for) is going to land a two or three year deal at a pretty reasonable rate. And when that happens I’m going to have a hard time controlling my fan rage.
The Giants are a business, and to succeed businesses need to earn a profit. That point is understood. But it’s hard for me to look at this offseason as anything other than ‘meh’ when last year’s flaws were so readily apparent; we couldn’t score runs.
Thus far, the Giants’ gameplan is this:
1. Hope that Buster Posey can return, after a horrific injury, and be the same guy he was in 2010.
2. Hope that Freddy Sanchez can play over 130 games for the first time since 2008 (!).
3. Hope that none of the starting pitchers get hurt — because, you know, pitchers never do that.
4. Hope that Melky Cabrera is the player we saw in 2011 (121 OPS+) and not the guy we saw from 2005-2010 (85 OPS+).
The 2012 team is officially the team of hope. And please don’t suck. And please don’t get hurt. And please, because things were so bad for us last year, things have to get better, right?
I’m rambling. But, all I can say is that it’s going to be a real bummer when Carlos Beltran signs an ultra-reasonable contract for something like two years and $24 million dollars.