Roster Report

The World Series is over, and the offseason is upon us. So, who's going to join the San Francisco Giants? The first question is, who's going to leave? Find out the expectations in this week's roster report

Despite a 100 win season and a stem-to-stern first place run in the NL West, the Giants were the first playoff team eliminated, suffering an upset loss to the Wild Card Florida Marlins. That loss means that every postseason the Giants have had since the Wild Card was instituted has ended in a loss to the Wild Card team (Florida in '97 and '03, the Mets in '00, and the AL Wild Card Angels in '02.) All those teams went to the World Series, and three won. While that still won't make Brian Sabean aim for a wild card berth rather than the division championship, a second heartbreaking postseason loss will only lead to another offseason shuffle. A possible result: Bonds could be the only everyday player still around from the 2002 World Series team when they take the field next year.

ROTATION:

RHP Jason Schmidt (17-5, 2.34) -- A Cy Young candidate; had elbow surgery to repair a tendon, an injury he pitched with since August. He's expected back in April, though he will likely miss some, if not all, of spring training.
RHP Sidney Ponson (3-6, 3.71) -- July add-on never reached expectations. Blew a 3 run lead in Game 2 of division series while throwing only 5 innings, awaiting free agency. He's not expected to return.

LHP Kirk Rueter (10-5, 4.53) -- Injured much of second half, his first such injury in his career. Had an off year despite record.
RHP Jerome Williams (7-3, 3.30) -- First Giants rookie pitcher to start a postseason game since 1937.
RHP Dustin Hermanson (2-1, 3.00) -- Late season acquisition was serviceable in the rotation down the stretch. He could return.
RHP Kevin Correia (3-2, 3.66) -- Impressive in seven late season starts. He will be an option for the majors next year, but may also profit from more time in AAA.

BULLPEN:

RHP Robb Nen (0-0, 0.00) -- All-Star closer missed entire season with bum shoulder. Was already throwing before the season ended, and will be ready for spring training.
RHP Tim Worrell (4-4, 2.87, 38 saves) -- Nen's replacement better than expected in first full season as closer. May receive a payday and a job as a regular closer elsewhere
RHP Felix Rodriguez (8-2, 3.10) -- 1.78 ERA since June 13. Exercised his player option for $3 million, and will be back next year.
RHP Joe Nathan (12-4, 2.96) -- Valuable bullpen addition after comeback from shoulder surgery; led all big-league relievers in wins. Has the tools to be a setup man, and San Diego GM has said he has closer stuff.
LHP Scott Eyre (2-1, 3.32) -- Career-high 74 appearances, second most by a lefty in Giants history (Mark Davis had 77 in '85).
LHP Jason Christiansen (0-0, 5.10) -- Returned from Tommy John surgery; lefties hit only .208 off him.
RHP Jim Brower (8-5, 3.96) -- Arrived from Montreal in Livan Hernandez deal in March and nearly started the year in the minors until Nen was placed on the Injured list. Valuable long relief and spot starter.
RHP Matt Herges (1-0, 2.30) -- Acquired from San Diego and peaked at season's end; one earned run in final 12 2/3 innings. Loved it in San Francisco, and hates LA. He was once favored for the L.A. closing job over Eric Gagne.
LHP Chad Zerbe (1-1, 4.71) -- Not relied on as much as in 2002, didn't make playoff roster.

CATCHERS:

Benito Santiago (.280, 11 HRs, 56 RBIs) -- He's 38 and not expected to return in 2004.
Yorvit Torrealba (.260, 4 HRs, 29 RBIs) -- Could be Opening Day catcher; better defensively than Santiago. Can (and has) picked off runners at both first and third, and can throw out base stealers at second. All while throwing from his knees.

INFIELDERS:

1B J.T. Snow (.273, 8 HRs, 51 RBIs) -- Best year since 2000 but not good enough for the Giants to pick up his 2004 option. Reports say he is talking with the Giants before free agency begins, but still will test the free agent waters. Could return.
2B Ray Durham (.285, 8 HRs, 33 RBIs, 7-for-14 in steal attempts) -- Limited to 110 games in first year of four-year contract. Nagging hamstring and leg problems limited base stealing opportunities.
SS Rich Aurilia (.277, 13 HRs, 58 RBIs) -- Free agent. Nagging tear duct injury affecting his offense and defense, but might be able to be repaired through surgery. Reports differ as to whether he'll return or not.
3B Edgardo Alfonzo (.259, 13 HRs, 81 RBIs) -- Rebounded after awful first half and hit .306 with 54 RBIs in final 71 games; first year of four-year pact. He was the Giants best hitter in the playoffs.
2B/SS Neifi Perez (.256, 1 HR, 31 RBIs) -- Looking for a starting job next season, but he can be a liability at the plate.
3B Pedro Feliz (.247, 16 HRs, 48 RBIs) -- Averaged one homer every 14.7 at-bats but hasn't been able to win an everyday job. May be considered at first base, but has said previously he'd prefer playing third, currently occupied by Alfonzo. Also will be playing Right Field most of his time in the Winter Leagues, and can back up the corner outfield positions.
1B Andres Galarraga (.301, 12 HRs, 42 RBIs) -- Expected to retire, two homers shy of 400.
2B Eric Young (.197, 0 HRs, 3 RBIs) -- Acquired from Milwaukee in August to be super sub for Durham but struggled at plate and was 3-for-8 in steal attempts. His contract was bought out, but paid for by the Brewers as part of his trade.

OUTFIELDERS:

LF Barry Bonds (.341, 45 HRs, 90 RBIs) -- Should get his sixth MVP, but he's still without a World Series ring after seven postseasons.
CF Marquis Grissom (.300, 20 HRs, 79 RBIs) -- Batted third much of the season until tailing off late in season; one more year on contract.
RF Jose Cruz Jr. (.250, 20 HRs, 68 RBIs) -- Defensive whiz (18 outfield assists), but also a strikeout king (121); The Giants didn't pick up his option, and it's a good bet he won't return.
OF Jeffrey Hammonds (.242, 4 HRs, 13 RBIs) -- July acquisition from Milwaukee, able fill-in for Bonds when he went on bereavement leave. No indications on whether he'll leave or stay for '04.
OF Marvin Benard (.197, 0 HRs, 4 RBIs) – Played in 111 games over two years thanks to injury. Defensive woes and dropping offensive production, combined with an expensive contract, mean the littlest Giant will be gone next year.
MEDICAL WATCH: RHP Jason Schmidt (elbow surgery to remove scar tissue and repair a tendon in his right elbow) RHP Robb Nen (underwent third shoulder surgery and was sidelined the entire season), OF Marvin Benard (underwent knee surgery one day after he learned he wasn't on the postseason roster), RHP Jesse Foppert (will miss all of 2004 following Tommy John surgery).


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