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@RDyer @JustinLove1 Giants need one frontline starter. I think they will trade for one. David Price or Yovani Gallardo it doesn't matter. In terms of the next 5 yr window you need 3 aces. 4/5 starters are just one yr deals to get to the crop of elite minor league pups who wont be traded. Giants are good at finding diamonds in the rough/dumpster dives...Vogey, Guadin, and Petit. Those guys aren't long term solutions. If you can contend with Petit as your 5th starter you can make a play at the trade deadline if you want. This offseason the number one goal is to trade for a number one starter. I like Price because he is a power lefty but, you need another ace along with Cain and Bum. I think the Giants will go big and make a statement. Fourth and fifth starters will be one yr deals until the top pitching prospects will be ready for 2015. Top 3 in the rotation are making serious coin so you need two cheap starters anyway.
The Giants didn't make the playoffs but, the big blow was losing Pagan! I don't know the numbers but, with him back at the top of the order I believe the Giants have enough offense right now to win. Pablo will be hungry(for money not food!), Belt continues to improve. Posey struggled too this year after signing big contract. There is a hole in LF. I still would rather put my money into pitching. It's the Giants MO...pitching and defense. The offense wasn't great but, the pitching and defense was ugly!
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I think the window Sabean was talking about was pitching. Right now the Giants offense is good enough...if you have good pitching. It's a deep draft and tons of pitching. I don't think it would be wise to re-sign Timmy. Good teams would value the supplemental first round pick. Crick was a supp. first round pick. I'd say package some kids including Crick to get David Price and give him the Lincecum money. Everybody is bitter about the Wheeler trade only because what CB produced. Which was nothing. I think Crick is good but has serious control problems. The Giants missing piece isn't Ellsbury or Choo...it's front line pitching. Will the trade deplete the farm...not if you let Timmy go and use the pick on our strength which is drafting pitchers.
I think the A's would be good trade partners. Josh Donaldson and Cespedes for Sandoval. G. Brown, Stratton, K. Flores and T. Blach or M. Agosta.
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