Still Waiting for the San Francisco Giants to Do Something This Off-Season

We are just past the half-way mark in January, and the biggest Giants’ move this off-season is re-signing Derek Holland for one year at $7M with an option for a second season.  One has to wonder if new Giants general manager Farhan Zaidi has decided it’s time for a re-build without telling anyone.

The Giants have signed plenty of minor leaguers to add organizational depth, including Pat Venditte, Cameron Rupp, Donovan Solano, Mike Gerber, Kieran Lovegrove, Breyvic Valera, Travis Bergen, Drew Ferguson, Jeffrey Baez, and Keyvius Sampson.

Hard to see any of them, except maybe Venditte or Rupp, contributing much if anything at the major league level in 2019.  Travis Bergen and Drew Ferguson are Rule 5 selections, so they’ll get a shot to make the major league club, but the odds are slim they’ll actually improve the team in 2019.  Keyvius Sampson showed major league stuff in South Korea’s KBO in 2018, leading the circuit with 195 Ks in 161.2 IP.  However, Sampson didn’t show major league command, walking 79 batters and posting a 4.68 ERA.

There is still time for the Giants to make a splashy free agent signing, namely center fielder A.J. Pollock.  There haven’t been a lot of rumors about either the Giants trying to sign Pollock or anyone trying hard to sign Pollack for that matter, so it’s hard to know if there is a real chance the Giants will sign him.  Signing Pollock would cost the Giants the tenth pick of the 2nd Round of the 2019 Draft and $500,000 of international bonus pool money, which would be enough to discourage any team committed to re-building.

Right now, the Giants look like the same team that limped in with a 73-89 season in 2018.  Could be that new GM Zaidi wants to see whether the same team gets off to a better start in 2019 or falls flat on its face, at which point the re-build can begin in earnest after the 2019 All-Star Break.

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