According to Henry Schulman in the Chron today, Sergio Romo has signed a two year contract for $9 million ($3.5/$5.5). Mr. Romo was headed for arbitration, and is the last Giant that is unsigned. That's a good thing. With the addition of Ramon Ramirez, we have a lot of bullpen arms, and it looks like a re-visitation of the closer-by-committee approach. The question is not whether we have a great bullpen, because after all, 2012 World Champions, but is it sufficient going into 2013? My take is that more arms wouldn't hurt. Sergio established himself as an elite reliever this year, but he still has a slight frame and is successful because of a pitch that puts a lot of torque on his elbow. It suggests that Sergio might not be the go-to-closer-guy for the entire season. If Santiago Castilla or some other pitcher can fill in, great, but given the style of team management these days, an every day closer seems preferable. An affordable but incentive laden contract for Brian Wilson would be great, and I'm betting that Brian Sabean has not ruled out bringing in someone else. I want to see Sergio Romo, including all of his fashion sense, his eloquent spokesmanship, and his debris scattering, around for a long time. If that means he doesn't close every day to stay healthy, I'm all for it.
I'm kind of thinking about hitting, too. We obviously had enough hitting last year, and Brandon Belt should be a greater contributor. Pablo Sandoval, too, assuming (hoping) he has a healthy year, should give the Giants more rbi. Buster (the God) Posey should add with a full year. Hopefully, Hunter Pence, also. But our addition this year has been Andres Torres. I like out outfield, and Torres should make a great fourth outfielder, but do we have enough punch? With our pitching staff, maybe so. I hope so. We couldn't stand a 2011-style drop off. Just thinking.