Friday, December 3, 2010

13 spots

Chris Haft suggests the Giants will carry 12 pitchers. The first 11 are easy: Lincecum, Cain, JSanchez, Bumgarner, Zito, Wilson, Ramirez, Casilla, Lopez, Affeldt, and Romo. The 12th spot is likely going to Dan Runzler since Chris Ray was non-tendered.
"We have Runzler on the cusp of doing great things," Sabean said. "We'd love to have the depth, but I can't say we want to start the season with Runzler in the Minor Leagues. That's what you have to juggle."
Haft also suggested the Giants will pursue a minor-league deal with Ray. That surprises me as I would expect some major-league interest in the former closer. There are a lot of quality relievers around, however, and it will probably be easy for any team to beef up their 'pen this off-season. The White Sox non-tendered Bobby Jenks, for example.

So who are the Lucky 13? Posey, Huff, FSanchez, Tejada, Sandoval, DeRosa, Torres, & Ross could be the starting 8 most days. Just-signed Mike Fontenot and Pat Burrell make 10, Whiteside and Rowand round out the dozen. Who is the 13th player? Someone from the playoff roster (Ishikawa? Schierholtz?) is going to be bumped. Are the Giants going after another free agent? Or will one of the youngsters (Belt, Burriss) get a higher-paying job after Spring Training? Your guess is as good as mine.


p.s. The Dodgers cut ties with Russell Martin. Not long ago he was a rising star. Fortunes change fast in this game! He'll draw some interest as he can still get on base at a .350 clip despite the dropping power numbers.


giantsrainman said...

The Giants are also talking to Renteria about coming back in a utility role and according to this article the interest is mutual.

If this happens then the Giants will have 15 MLB quality position players if Panda gets back in shape and DeRosa fully recovers from his wrist surgeries. This means two are at risk of being traded or cut.

Julian Levine said...

I'm not sure which Giants leaves, but I'm almost certain that Ishi won't be on the roster for the Giants. They simply don't need a backup 1B, when they have Huff, Belt, Posey, and Sandoval able to man first. And, perhaps even DeRosa. So Ishi is gone.

Scottsdale Fan said...

I would love to see Belt sooner than later.