The 2017 MLB season was a very exciting and competitive one that saw a lot of great storylines take place. While the season was very competitive and saw a lot of great teams and players play very well, there were some teams that were not able to live up to expectations. One team that did not do as well as many expected were the San Francisco Giants. The Giants ended up finishing in fourth place in their division and 40 games out of first place. While the Giants had a rough season, they now appear prepared to compete in 2018.
As the offseason comes to a close, thousands of avid Giants fans came to the fans day event to celebrate the team (http://abc7news.com/sports/thousands-attend-giants-fanfest-at-at-t-park/3064239/). While at the event, fans were able to meet players and learn more about the upcoming team. While 2018 was a down season, there is plenty of reason for optimism. One of the main reasons why is because the Giants made many big moves in the offseason that should help to make them a better team for years to come.
One of the biggest moves this year came when they traded for Evan Longoria. Longoria is one of the most talented third basemen in baseball and previously spent close to ten years with the Tampa Bay Rays. Another key acquisition that the Giants made was the trade for Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is best known for being a perennial all-start outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Now that the pirates were looking ot rebuild, it was a perfect change for the Giants to get the very talented player. These players will join Buster Posey, a former NL MVP, and Joe Panik to complete a very solid starting lineup.
While the Giants have added a lot of good players to their starting lineup, they will also be able to utilize their existing starting pitching staff that was considered the best in the MLB just a few years ago. One of the big questions this year will be whether the starting pitchers can avoid injuries for long. Madison Bumgarner has been a very dominant pitcher when he has been healthy. However, he was limited to just 17 starts because of a number of different injuries and setbacks.