Spring Training Preview 2021: San Francisco Giants Must Rebuild

The San Francisco Giants have to start transitioning from the veterans who were big reasons why they won three World Series crowns last decade and start rebuilding in 2021.

The Giants have some nice young players, but they need to find a way to add more minor league depth.

If they can trade Evan Longoria, Jeff Samardzija, and Johnny Cueto that should give their farm system a nice boost.

Buster Posey and Brandon Belt may not net a big return in a trade, but the Giants should consider dealing these players if possible.

San Fran will enter its second season with Gabe Kapler as their manager and they’ll need a lot to break their way in ’21.

The NL West is top-heavy with the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres loading up on talent across the board.

The San Francisco Giants will also have to play a full season instead of the 60 games that MLB was forced to have due to COVID-19.

Let’s take a microscope and pick apart this Giants team.

Lineup Needs Juice

The Giants, as of now, have the following setup around the diamond.

C: Buster Posey

1B: Brandon Belt

2B: Donovan Solano

3B: Evan Longoria

SS: Brandon Crawford

LF: Alex Dickerson

CF: Mauricio Dubon

RF: Mike Yastrzemski

Clearly, the Giants need to add power to their lineup, but at the same time need to shed some contracts.

It’s odd how people think San Francisco will still be a playoff contender despite all their issues.

The Giants’ bench could include a combination of Joey Bart, Curt Casali, Wilmer Flores, Darin Ruf, Tommy La Stella, Austin Slater, and Steven Duggar.

Starting Pitching

The San Francisco Giants rotation includes Cueto, Samardzija, and Kevin Gausman.

San Fran also needs newcomers Anthony DeSclafani, Alex Wood, and Aaron Sanchez to rise to the occasion and help solidify the back end of the starting five.

If the Giants can get strong performances from some of these arms, then San Fran could trade them at or before the trade deadline.

With MLB teams in need of pitching, the Giants could get some nice prospects in exchange for some of these veterans.

Bullpen

The bullpen of the San Francisco Giants includes John Brebbia, Reyes Moronta, Jarlin Garcia, Tyler Rogers, and Wandy Peralta.

Yes, these names don’t top the charts. However, these arms could draw a lot of interest from teams in contention.

The Giants could move some of their rotation arms to the bullpen. (i.e.-Alex Wood and Logan Webb)

If San Fran does this, then it increases the possibility of them trading one of their better relievers.

Final Thoughts

I’m not expecting the San Francisco Giants to make the playoffs in 2021. They could finish in 4th or 5th place in the NL West, but it’s a stretch to call them the 3rd place club.

If San Fran doesn’t move on from some of these veterans then 2021 could be a waste of a year. Then again if the younger players break out this year then that could counteract the Giants keeping older players.

Do you believe the Giants are a playoff team in 2021? Leave a comment below.

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