By Chandler Guadagnin
With Spring Training underway and pitchers and catchers officially in camp, it’s time to take a look back and analyze the 2017-2018 offseason of the San Francisco Giants. It has been well documented that San Francisco finished 2017 with a record of 64-98. As such, the Giants front office was aggressive. With such a dismal season they had to be. San Francisco began the season in need of a new outfielder, bullpen help, an everyday third baseman and a starting pitcher or two. With so many moves made, it may be hard to keep up, so lets take a look at the Giants offseason in tabular form:
The Giants started the offseason by creating a vacancy in their starting rotation when, on December 16, San Francisco traded Matt Moore to the Texas Rangers for pitchers Sam Wolff and Israel Cruz.
On December 19, the Giants signed back catcher, Nick Hundley on a one year, $2.5M deal.
A day later on December 20, the Giants pulled off their first major trade of the offseason. San Francisco traded Christian Arroyo, Denard Span, Stephen Woods and Matt Krook to the Tampa Bay Rays for the services of 3B Evan Longoria.
The next big acquisition of the winter came on January 15, when the orange and black engineered a trade with the black and gold which sent Kyle Crick and Bryan Reynolds to the Pirates for outfielder Andrew McCutchen.
And just yesterday, the Giants added another former Pirate; signing relief pitcher Tony Watson to a two year contract with a player option for 2020. The deal is reported to be valued between $7-$9 million dollars. This allows the Giants to remain under the Competitive Balance Tax threshold for the upcoming year.
In addition to adding proven Major Leaguers, others remained on board for the upcoming year. These include: right handed starting pitcher Johnny Cueto, staff ace Madison Bumgarner and third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Both Cueto and Sandoval exercised their player options. Bumgarner was brought back via a team option.
In all, the Giants enter camp with four new major league players and seven new minor league contracts signed. However, with so many free agents yet to be signed, the Giants’ pocket book remains open.
Article Sources: www.mlb.com and www.baseballprospectus.com