Life without Barry Bonds begins in Los Angles next Monday, and it goes without saying that the San Francisco Giants of 2008 will be a vastly different team than they have been for the last decade or so.
So what will the Giants of 2008 have to offer? Certainly not power.
I think we'll be fortunate to have a 25-homer man on the roster this season. I do think speed will be our strong suit this season. However, two of the fastest Giants may be left off the 25-man roster.
It seems as though left field will be patrolled by a platoon of Dave Roberts and Rajai Davis. This means that Fred Lewis will most likely start the season in the minors. Lewis hit .300 this spring and led the Giants with four triples.
The Giants signed Jose Castillo last week.
This made sense when you consider that Ray Durham, Omar Vizquel, and Kevin Frandsen are hobbled with injuries. But if you're already planning on opening the season with Brian Bocock at shortstop, why not plug Eugenio Velez in at third or at second. Velez was easily the most exciting Giant this spring, stealing 13 bags and holding his own with the bat.
I guess it really doesn't matter; the Giants will finish last regardless. But if you're going to finish last, why not do it with an exciting roster that has more "upside" than "track record."