SF Giants Already Thinking About Difficult Playoff Roster Decisions

The 2021 San Francisco Giants were not considered a contender by many heading into the season. Depending upon where and when you looked, their over/under win total heading into the season was somewhere in the low-to-mid 70s. The ended up going 107-55. Only 12 teams baseball history won more regular season games (list here via baseball-reference.com's Stathead). 

Unfortunately from the Giants' perspective, the season ended after an NLDS loss to the Dodgers. Once the dust settles here after a bit, it's fair to say that pretty much every Giants fan should view the 2021 season was a wildly successful campaign. 

Moving forward now, the question is whether or not this was a repeatable season of just a one-off type thing. It's fair to say that obviously the Giants' front office has been splendid at putting together a fully-functional roster capable of winning on any given day. There's something going on with scouting and coaching that is untapping the best version of so many different types of players. I'm inclined to say this is sustainable. 

Of course, there are plenty of questions with the personnel. 

Free agents/options

Kevin Gausman seems to the first question here. He was the anchor of the rotation all season and will get some down-ballot Cy Young votes. He took the qualifying offer last year, so the Giants can't extend the offer again. Will Gausman get paid like an ace in free agency? He's heading to his age-31 season and there will be questions on if the gains he made can be sustained. It seems like a great fit here. Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood are also hitting free agency, so that's already 3/4 of their playoff rotation. Whether they bring back one, two or all three of these guys or not, the rotation obviously has to be addressed. 

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