The San Francisco Giants didn’t need a flashy offseason to create buzz for the upcoming season. The G-men are looking to repeat as World Series Champions with virtually the same roster returning to spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz.
The team returns all five starting pitchers and the bulk of their lineup by resigning second baseman Marco Scutaro and center fielder Angel Pagan.
How can resigning a handful of players be the biggest news of their off-season? It seems San Francisco doesn’t want to mess with success.
Starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong told the Mercury News, “It was a pretty special group last season, and you can’t replace that.”
Although the Giants seem to be primed for another successful season, one bump in the road may lie ahead. Former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is coming off his worst season as a pro with only 10 wins and an ERA of 5.18.
Right now, the Giants’ biggest challenge is making sure those championship rings fit tight, but not too tight.