February 2014

Giants open spring training without a lot a drama

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) looks on as a group of mostly catchers return during spring training baseball practice on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) looks on as a group of mostly catchers return during spring training baseball practice on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, in Scottsdale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

The offseason wasn’t as exciting as many Giants fans would have liked.

The Giants spent most of the offseason locking up their own free agents: Hunter Pence, 5 years (done before end of regular season), Tim Lincecum, 2 years; Javier Lopez, 2 years; Ryan Vogelsong, 1 year.

So the 2014 Giants are going to look a lot like the 2013 Giants.

The two significant changes will be Tim Hudson (2-year deal) in place of Barry Zito, and Michael Morse (1-year deal) getting the bulk of the LF starts instead of Gregor Blanco.

The former addition will be a marked improvement. The latter remains to be scene. If nothing else, it gives them better depth.

So the two basic questions heading into spring training is the final bench spot and the final two bullpen spots.

Here is what the 25-man roster likely will look like.

STARTING LINEUP

  • C-Buster Posey
  • 1B-Brandon Belt
  • 2B-Marcus Scutaro
  • SS-Brandon Crawford
  • 3B-Pablo Sandoval
  • LF-Michael Morse
  • CF-Angel Pagan
  • RF-Hunter Pence

BENCH

  • C-Hector Sanchez
  • IF-Tony Abreu
  • IF-Joaquin Arias
  • OF-Gregor Blanco
  • OF-TBD

STARTING ROTATION

  • RH-Matt Cain
  • LH-Madison Bumgarner
  • RH-Tim Lincecum
  • RH-Tim Hudson
  • RH-Ryan Vogelsong

BULLPEN

  • RH-Sergio Romo
  • RH-Santiago Casilla
  • LH-Jeremy Affeldt
  • LH-Javier Lopez
  • RH-Yusmeiro Petit
  • TBD
  • TBD

The final bench spot appears to be between Juan Perez and Roger Kieschnick. I was surprised the Giants didn’t bring in another veteran outfielder as a non-roster invitee. Infielder Ehire Adrianza, a former top prospect, is out of options, so he could also figure in this mix.

Petit appears a lock for the long-man role in the bullpen, and the emergency starter should someone in the rotation get hurt.

Pitchers in the mix for the remaining two bullpen spots are RH Jake Dunning, RH Heath Hembree, LH David Huff (acquired recently in a trade with the Yankees), RH George Kontos and RH Jean Machi.

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