Tagged: Pitching

If you were a GM what realistic moves would you make for your team this off-season?

Its funny cause I wrote this topic down and was going to post a blog about it.
Thumbnail image for TimLincecum-1.jpgThen I actually found another blog with something similar. It was about the Giants and what they would do if they were the GM. I do give the guy credit because he did put a lot of time and thought into it, but it just wasn’t realistic. What realistic moves would you make with your team. Trades, free agent signings or whatever you can think of. You can’t change any of the teams your team has already made this off-season. Starting today….
If I was Brian Sabean I would trade some pitching for a bat. I would trade Jonathan Sanchez to the Florida Marlins for Jorge Cantu. He hit .277 with 29 home runs and 95 RBI’s. That would be the corner infielder they were looking for. He can play 3rd base and then Pablo Sandoval can play first base.
Then I would make a hard push for Manny Ramirez. He would be another great bat that would be in the middle of the lineup. Then the Giants would be the favorite in the NL West. They would have a very decent lineup with a great starting rotation.
If by any chance the Giants are out of it by trading deadline. Then I would trade Bengie Molina since he’s in his last year of his contact. No need to re-sign him with Buster Posey ready to come up by the end of the season. Posey was drafted by the Giants with the 5th overall pick in the 2008 draft. Randy Winn would like to stay a Giant. He’s been a good Giant too. I would re-sign him if he doesn’t demand a lot of money. If he’s not signed before the trading deadline. I would also trade him as well. To get some minor league player or players. No sense in letting him walk at the end of the season and get nothing in return.

~King of Cali

What player on your favorite team will have a breakout year in 2009?

Well I think a couple players on the Giants will have a breakout year. I guess I will
PabloSandoval.jpgname them both and for different reasons. I think Pablo Sandoval will have a very nice season with the bat. He hit .345, 3 Home Runs and 24 RBI’s in just 41 games. I believe that was just a sample of what he can do with a bat in his hands. He does hit for AVG, but I’m hoping he gets a little more pop in his bat. He will probably be batting 3rd and I’m sure he will keep his AVG up and RBI’s will also come easy for him with Renteria on base a lot in front of him.

BarryZito.jpgI also think Barry Zito will have a breakout year. I know I’m sure a lot of you guys think that’s a type error. No it’s not! I do believe he will have a breakout year. This year he’s not going to be the main guy that everyone is looking at cause of his big contract. They have Tim Lincecum coming back as the ace and Cy Young award winner. Then you add Randy Johnson with Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez. Zito will fall back to like the 3rd or 4th spot in the starting rotation. Which can only help him. He will not be going up against another teams ace. He can only get better at the bottom of the rotation.
Who do you belive will be your teams breakout player of 2009?
– King of Cali

Giants land Randy Johnson

San Francisco Giants add Randy Johnson to their starting rotation. Which means there is no
RandyJohnson.jpgrush for Noah Lowry to rush his recovery. This is a good move for the Giants. They now have a very strong starting rotation. With this signing they can now also deal a pitcher to get a big bat in return. Which is what I doubt will happen. If the Giants keep Sanchez. Then Johnson would be a good mentor for him. Sanchez has a live arm but does have some control problems at times.


The Giants seem like the only team making some moves in the National League West. They still haven’t made the big move that everyone knows the desperately need. That’s a big bat in the middle of the lineup. At this point in the offseason. I think it’s safe to say the Giants will have the best starting rotation in the National League West. We look forward to seeing Randy Johnson in Orange and Black!


– King of Cali

Trade Jonathan Sanchez and sign Randy Johnson!

Since it obvious the Giants aren’t going to make a move for Teixeira. They should trade
RandyJohnson.jpgJonathan Sanchez while he has some trade value and sign Rand Johnson for one year. Johnathan Sanchez can probably land the Giants a decent bat. I mean he won’t be a superstar, but someone with some pop. I think the Randy Johnson signing is good either way. Noah Lowry is coming off surgery and were still not sure what pitcher he will be when he gets back.


The ace of the staff would be Tim Lincecum followed by Matt Cain, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito and then Jonathan Sanches. I mean you can flip flop those guys around but that could possibly be the starting rotation. I think Barry Zito will be a better pitcher at the end of the rotation. Not going up against other teams ace. Jonathan Sanches should be fine at the end of the rotation but if he struggles. Then he can be moved to the bullpen and have Noah Lowry get his spot back. Well that’s what the options could be by signing Randy Johnson.


Brian Sabean has recently told some people that he is trying really hard to sign Randy Johnson. I have heard people say that the Giants will have to many lefty’s in their starting rotation. I personally don’t think that make a big difference. If you can pitch. Then you can pitch! Plus by signing Randy Johnson he can help be a mentor to Jonathan Sanchez.

Pitching isn’t everything if you can’t score!

Brian Sabean and the Giants like to stress how important pitching is. Yes I believe it is very important to have pitchers that can give you a quality start. This is a pitcher that can give your team a chance to win. Matt Cain is living proof that pitching isn’t everything. This kid can go out there and pitch some gems, but still can’t get any run support behind him.


TimLincecum-1.jpgThe National League West was the weakest division by far last season. The Giants had the starting pitching to get them a lot of wins, but lost a lot of games because they couldn’t score many runs. I’m still amazed how Tim Lincecum won so many games with the run support the Giants put out. I’m sure glad no one was able to hit him and his ERA was so low. Lincecum’s ERA this season was 2.62 and he did reach 18 wins. You basically had to be a Cy Young award winner to be able to get some wins on this team.


I’m all for having great pitchers and have a great pitching staff. This is what the Giants do seem to have since they have made some upgrades to their bullpen. They just need to make a move to get some spark in their lineup.


— King of Cali