St. Louis Cardinals: 4 Offseason Deals That Would Hurt Most
By Chris Gigley
The Giants Land a Power Hitter
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Well, we’re heading into a year when the San Francisco Giants should win the World Series again. You know, because they’ve won three titles in even years dating to 2010. That would be much easier to laugh about if the Giants weren’t poised to do just that.
Like the St. Louis Cardinals, the Giants have a knack for winning no matter how injured they are or how weak one part of their game is. Also like the St. Louis Cardinals, that weakness has been offense. San Francisco was among the handful of teams last season to hit fewer home runs than the Redbirds’ 137. It was just one fewer, but still.
Enter Chris Davis, the 30-year-old free agent first baseman who’s been maligned on this very website. Should there be any resistance to the huge, multi-year contract the 6-3, 232-lb. slugger is seeking, the Giants can sneak in there and sign him. Given how bad the Orioles seem to want him back, however, that seems unlikely.
What does seem possible is Giants GM Brian Sabean signing a Yoenis Cespedes, whose value plummeted when he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn in the World Series. Or how about Mike Napoli? He’s an even more Giant-like acquisition. He’s coming off a horrible season, although he hit better in the second half, posting a .903 OPS after having an ugly .648 OPS in the first half.
Napoli, a finalist for the Gold Glove Award at first base, said he’d be willing to catch again, too. He played some left field last year, as well. In other words, he’s not just an American League DH kind of guy. I can totally see Napoli bouncing back big time with the Giants next year. Because it’s the Giants.