Updated: Apr 6, 2019
As the San Francisco Giants gear up for a series against the hated Dodgers and after a 1-3 start to the season against the Padres. I think it's time to bring up the R word. That's right it's time to begin the rebuild. The Giants were undisputedly the team of the decade. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Sergio Romo, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval and Madison Bumgarner to name a few. This was their decade. Three World Series titles are the proof.
But all good thing come to an end. The team made big acquisitions the last couple winters, signing Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija and trading for Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. But all it's done is prolong the inevitable, a full blown rebuild.
Though the Giants began the month of September, last season 68-68, the club never stacked up with the National League’s top teams and ultimately finished 16 games under .500.
The rebuild will most likely, unfortunately begin with ace Madison Bumgarner. Although even he appears to be declining , he can bring back a big enough haul to kick off the team’s rebuild. In fact Smith, Bumgarner and Panik are assets who could easily be flipped by the trade deadline. All are set to become free agents before the franchise will likely be able to compete for another World Series, so shopping them now or allowing them to boost their value ahead of the summer deadline offers Zaidi important flexibility.
Rebuilding isn't an easy option when you've drawn 3 million fans nine seasons in a row, and winning is expected after claiming three World Series titles from 2010 to 2014 and yes it will hurt, but will it hurt anymore than consecutive seasons of expectations only to know the team is out of contention by July? Probably not, especially when it is the way things are done in today's MLB.