San Francisco Giants Pitching Roster Tree In 2014: Sabean Should Not Be Overshadowed By Beane Any Longer!
How All Of The Giants Pitchers Were Acquired:
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With having gone through this exercise of finding out where all of the Giants Pitching Staff came from, there is a new-found appreciation for San Francisco Giants GM Brian Sabean.
While his fellow “Bay Area” counterpart Billy Beane is having books and movie’s written about him, Sabean has put forth a club that is on the verge of potentially winning its 3rd World Series Title in 5 years.
Most of the roster of hurlers was drafted by the franchise, or brought in by a nice Free Agent signing. The franchise hasn’t lost that many players the other way for their current pitchers, so that has to be commended.
Bumgarner, Lincecum and Cain were all team draft selections, as was Vogelsong, although he came back to the team after several season away in Japan.
Jake Peavy was acquired midway through this year, when the club knew Cain would be out for the year, and that Lincecum was heading to the Bullpen.
Hudson came into the fold this season, following the lead of his former A’s teammate Barry Zito. The deal was a smart one, as it cost the franchise nothing but money.
Even more impressive of how the roster was constructed, is how the Relief Core was put together.
That is how to build a Bullpen. Affeldt and Lopez have been consistent performers for years in setup roles, for the likes of Brian Wilson, Romo and now Casilla.
Petit is one of the most underrated swing guys in the game right now. His dominant effort against the Nationals in Game 2 of the NLDS round, helped propel the squad to where they are today.
Lets not forget he almost has thrown a no-hitter, and he also owns the MLB record for most consecutive batters retired in history at 46 straight set this year.
San Francisco has supplemented their nice draft picks on both offense and defense in the last decade to be where they are. Rarely has the GM made mistakes.
The only notable blemishes maybe the Zito contract (although he was a massive factor in their 2012 World Series triumph), and now having Lincecum being paid $35 MIL over the 2014 – 2015 campaigns, to not be much of a factor on the team.
Everyone is allowed one mulligan or two like this. Bringing in Carlos Beltran for Zack Wheeler definitely may come back to continously haunt Sabean too, but it is all the price of doing business for chances to win with late season acquisitions.
Hunter Pence was a steal of a trade. The players going back to the Phillies haven’t burned them as yet, and don’t appear to be able to in the near future either. Not a bad transaction to help secure 2 World Series trips in 3 years with the hulky OF.
Sabean re-signed Pence to a 5 YRs/$90 MIL pact prior to the 2014 season, which is fair value for a player that is the current ‘Ironman” in baseball, that will consistently punch out 20 HRs, add 75 RBI – and come up with clutch hits in the postseason like his Game 1 HR proved in the World Series.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased, It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Pitchers In 2014 (Date Of Birth) (Pos) Roster Tree
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Posted on October 22, 2014, in MLB Roster Trees and tagged 2014 MLB Playoffs, 2014 NLDS, 2014 world series, barry zito, billy beane, boston red sox, carlos beltran, Edwin Escobar, Heath Hembree, hunter pence, Hunter Strickland, jake peavy, javier lopez, jean machi, Jeremy Affeldt, Joe Martinez, john bowker, matt cain, nate schierholtz, philadelphia phillies, pittsburgh pirates, rule 5 draft, ryan vogelsong, san francisco giants, santiago casilla, sergio romo, tim hudson, tim lincecum, Tommy Joseph, yusmeiro petit, zach wheeler. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on San Francisco Giants Pitching Roster Tree In 2014: Sabean Should Not Be Overshadowed By Beane Any Longer!.