The San Francisco Giants are in trouble. They have no farm system, so they can’t make trades. The team can’t just sign average players and be competitive next season and the front office doesn’t want to rebuild.
The Giants are starting to resemble those great Philadelphia Phillies teams of the early 2010’s. If anyone forgot, the Phillies were a championship team and perennial playoff contender, until they got old.
This is the current Giants team: Buster Posey, an aging catcher, who has lost power, Brandon Crawford is now the wrong side of 30, Brandon Belt is aging quickly because of injuries, Hunter Pence is pretty much finished, Denard Span is washed up and they are stuck with Pablo Sandoval at third base who isn’t a big league player anymore.
An old team with no farm system and a failing philosophy is recipe for disaster. The Giants philosophy of pitching and defense is outdated. Their farm system is so bad they can’t make trades and they have a General Manager who is clueless.
Bobby Evans has ruined the Giants the same way Trent Baalke ruined the 49ers. Evans having Giancarlo Stanton not want to play on the Giants because he was concerned about the supporting players should have been Evan’s wakeup call.
The Giants are not going to land any big fish because they don’t have the prospects and star players are hesitant to play in San Francisco because the team isn’t winning anytime soon. Evans is wasting his core players primes, much like Ruben Amaro Jr did with Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, etc.
It took the Phillies to long to rebuild and it’s looking like the Giants are falling into this same trap. The Giants want to continue being competitive and not sit on the three world series titles. They know if the franchise is not competitive the fans won’t show up.
Being competitive is great, but being realistic is better. The Giants were not going to be a playoff team even if they landed Stanton. Rebuilding is in the Giants best interest right now, especially with the talent teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees have.
Baseball is about young stars, more than any other sport. Now that the Giants stars are getting older it’s time to rebuild. This should guarantee another top draft pick to rebuild the farm system.
If everything goes well the Giants will be a .500 team. Being a .500 team does nothing for them. They won’t be a playoff team and they won’t be bad enough to get a high draft pick. Based upon how free agency has gone so far, the Giants will end up signing average players who won’t move the needle one way or the other.
Signing average players like the Giants will do doesn’t make the team competitive, it just delays the inevitable. The Phillies were the perfect example of a team who took too long to rebuild and it set the franchise back five years. If the Giants continue on the track they are on now, they will end up like the Phillies.