CATCHER: One of the best, Buster Posey will again capture most of the run behind the plate. Trevor Brown is in line for the scraps.
INFIELD: Brandon Belt, Joe Panik and Brandon Crawford are penciled in at first, second and third. Currently, the Kung Fu Panda, Pablo Sandoval, is slated for the hot corner. Ryder Jones and Christian Arroyo both got looks last season and could get another shot.
OUTFIELD: The Giants are saying Hunter Pence could be a part-time player in this, the final year of his contract. OK, fine. but who is currently a better option? Denard Span can pretend to play center, after that, it gets even bleaker. Jarrett Parker, Gorkys Hernandez, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater all underwhelmed last season. I'm not sure even Giancarlo Stanton can rescue this group.
BENCH: Kelby Tomlinson is the utility infielder, with one of the third baseman likely sticking around. The outfield depth comes from the flotsam and jetsam not starting.
ROTATION: While the rotation is still the strength of the team, it's not nearly the quality of recent seasons. Madison Bumgarner is the anchor with Johnny Cueto looking for a bounce back campaign. Jeff Samardzija could have been the most frustrating hurler for those of us believing skills will eventually be rewarded. The perpetually disappointing Matt Moore has the fourth spot with Chris Stratton likely beating out Ty Blach for the last turn.
BULLPEN: The Giants have a hefty amount invested in Mark Melancon so he'll be given every chance to earn it. Sam Dyson and Hunter Strickland are formidable set-up men with Cory Gearrin, Derek Law, Josh Osich and Steven Okert filling in the blanks.
PROSPECTS TO WATCH: Arroyo is still in the club's long-term plans, provided he solves his contact woes. Outfielder Chris Shaw was at the Arizona Fall League, but a shoulder injury resulted in an abbreviated look. Still, he's a candidate to do some shagging in AT&T if the club doesn't look elsewhere.
POSSIBLE ACQUISITIONS: Because they have the financial means and huge holes to fill, the Giants are rumored to be in on everything, notably Stanton, Shohei Ohtani and J.D. Martinez. Expect at least one outfielder, though not necessarily one of the Big-Two as AT&T isn't the place to put up big numbers. A third baseman could also be signed, depending on who else is brought in and how close they feel they are to competing again.
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