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I think they will stay with Belt. Belt is also a left handed bat who hit 275 last year with 7 homer and 56 rbi's. Smoak may have hit 19 homers but only had 51 rbi's and hit a low 217. I think the team you see is pretty much the team of 2013 with two possible open roster spots both utility players for the bench. Possibly Peguero, Theriot, Gillaspie or Pill.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Andres Torres Signing Slams the Brakes on the Giants' 2013 Offense
@AlexanderMaunu @WillTheThrill86 @hopsing These are not the Giants of yesteryear. These guys play Bochy Ball, the one run, great pitching, great defense, run the bases, bull pen strategy. No one wins the world series every year except the Yankees of old when they were in fact two teams, the one in NY and the city wherever the A's were located who they dumped their old guys on and took the young ones from the A's, going back to when they got Home Run Baker from Connie Mack. 2004 was not a bad year but we no longer rely on big boppers but on guys like Torres, Blanco and Peguero. Statistics only matter when you are reading Who's Who in Baseball and waiting for something to do. In reality it is who has the best Team where the pieces fit together to fit the circumstances. Come on, even in 2011 we were in first place until we had a horrible August despite losing Sandoval in April, Posey in May and Freddi Sanchez in June and still finished with a good record. The probelm was the DBacks had a GREAT August and September.
Torres looks to be a good fit because he fits into the Bochy Ball strategy: he plays multiple positions so he can be part of a double switch; he is good on defense; he has speed; he knows how to steal a base and has good base running instincts; he is a selfless player; and he can hit in the gap. According to the records he was actually traded to the Mets as part of the Pagan trade not cut. With Pence, Pagan, Blanco and Torres in the outfield they still have room for Peguero on the 25 man roster and he too fits into the Bochy Ball mold. I see Peguero as their one minor league experiment for 2013. Which means what happens to Gillaspie nd does he end up like Cody Ransom? Panik seems to be the second base man of the future.
Both Bowker and Schierholtz had talent but were one dimensional in that they played one position (despite the first base attempts by Bowker he still was pretty much an outfielder) but neither could hit off speed pitching. Where are they now? Eventually, when you fish you have to cut bait. The one guy they should have invested in and kept was Cody Ross.