Five big questions the Giants must answer at spring training

SAN FRANCISCO–After years of pushing for splashy free agents and high-profile acquisitions, the Giants took a different approach into this year’s offseason.

Yes, Farhan Zaidi met with star free agent Bryce Harper, but the new president of baseball operations doesn’t plan to overhaul the roster with one or two big moves. Instead, Zaidi is moving step-by-step and if he can leap toward Harper, he just may do it.

If not, Zaidi insists he’ll find other ways to move the franchise forward.

How much progress did he make in his first offseason? Zaidi is optimistic about the team’s direction, but the Giants must answer several questions before the season begins.

We highlighted five of the most pressing ones the club hopes to answer this spring.

1. What can the Giants expect out of Buster Posey?

The face of the franchise underwent hip surgery last August to repair a microfracture, a serious operation that raised questions about his long-term future as a catcher. After months of rehab, Posey is eager to take the field for the team’s first workout and optimistic he’ll be ready for Opening Day.

Manager Bruce Bochy said he hopes Posey can catch around 120 games this season, but Zaidi said the Giants may look to ease his workload and acquire additional depth at the position. During the spring, the Giants must determine a realistic plan for Posey that preserves his health and allows him to maximize his production at the plate.

Even after playing through pain last season, Posey owns the highest OPS of any catcher in baseball over the last two years and can still be a key contributor to a major league lineup. The challenge for the Giants is devising a plan that gets the most out of a player who is under contract for the next three seasons.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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