2021 MLB Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants were expected to be awful last season (had a regular season win total of 25.0) but they slightly exceeded expectations, finishing 29-31. They did have a few bright spots on their team and looked like they made some minor improvements in the offseason. Are they at all a Wild Card contender in the National League this season or will they miss the playoffs again?
What Happened Last Year
This Giants team that was led by Gabe Kapler didn’t have the type of season that some were anticipating before it began. The 2020 season also saw a number of players opt out due to COVID-19 concerns – including catcher Buster Posey. The team also released former World Series Champion and fan favorite Hunter Pence. Overall, the Giants finished with a 29-31 record and just missed the cut for the postseason by only one game. They were led by Mike Yastrzemski, who brought in a team-best 39 runs and hit 10 home runs, enough to put him at third on the team. He is bound to have another fantastic season as they start to wrap up their uneventful offseason and prepare for next season. But what moves did they actually make this past offseason?
The Giants hadn’t made the moves that many were expecting them so far into the offseason. They didn’t make that one huge signing that people expected after a year that saw them rise above expectations. Instead, they decided to round out their depth and try to get some stability at the pitcher position. Bringing back Kevin Gausman and signing Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood to form stability in their rotation. San Francisco also picked up infielder Tommy La Stella on a three-year, $18.75 million deal that can help give them a small boost. Now with the offseason coming to a close very shortly, it seems like this team will be trying to run it back with familiar faces, opting to not make a huge splash in free agency barring any last second changes.
San Francisco has a very tough road ahead of them if they want to become World Series Champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Diego Padres are both standing in their path. Those two teams not only finished in first and second in the NL West last season, but each of them were able to make big moves in the offseason in order to cement their spot among the best in the league. Meanwhile, the Giants took a backseat approach this year and decided to go with more depth instead of a big move. Reporters were linking Trevor Bauer to the team as a potential fit early on in the offseason, but they never came to an agreement, with Bauer taking his talents to the Dodgers to separate them even further apart. San Francisco will have an opportunity to succeed next year and has a solid chance at the postseason, but it doesn’t seem like they will be making it above third place in their division this year.
Pick: 3rd In National League West