Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
Originally posted by OregonDuckNiner:
I'll like this Lincecum deal even more if he's our No. 4 starter. We gotta find a legit No. 3.
I dont see that happening Oregon. I think the Giants will spend money on a LF, 3 guys in pen, and maybe a back of the rotation starter. Who do you think is a legit #3 that they should go after? Maybe Arroyo for 2 years but I'm not sure he isnt a 4 or 5 anyway at this point.
I guess the point I'm trying to make is that I believe solidifying our rotation is FAR more important than finding a LF. Take a look at the teams who made the postseason this year and their rotation's ERAs:
11. Red Sox
Guess what the Giants' rotation ERA was? 24. Only 2 slots above the freakin' Colorado Rockies. Yes, I know that Cain's down year altered the numbers a little bit, but I doubt that we would've cracked the top-20 with a typical Cain year last year. Our rotation was simply not good, and there are too many ? if the 3-4-5 is going to be some combination of Timmy, Vogelsong, Petit or Gaudin.
If signing a legit No. 3 means not enough money for a LF, I am for that 10/10. I feel like the lineup has a lot more potential than the rotation does, because Belt, Pablo and Crawford are poised for big years. Couple that with a healthy Pagan, Scutaro, Posey and Pence, and I think that's a pretty solid lineup, and would be more than good enough to win with a solid rotation.
Pitching wins championships IMO, and we'd struggle to stay in the race next year if we roll into the season with the rotation that itlynstalyn mentioned.
Just my two cents, but I believe that wholeheartedly. As for who, I think the Giants should do all they can to outbid for Tanaka. I think he's the real deal and would look VERY nice behind Cain and Bum in the rotation. IF we want to compete with the Dodgers' $300 million payroll, we gotta do something. I'd hate to see us stay put while the Dodgers continue to buy the NL West year after year. We're the sixth biggest media market in the country for christ's sake.
[ Edited by OregonDuckNiner on Oct 23, 2013 at 9:09 PM ]