José Luis Villegas / jvillegas@sacbee.com

Cleanup hitter Buster Posey will try to give the Giants, who slumped to 76-86 last year, a leg up in the National League West.

Giants at a glance

Published: Saturday, Mar. 29, 2014 - 10:36 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 30, 2014 - 10:08 am

• 2013: 76-86, tied for third place in National League West

• Manager: Bruce Bochy (eighth season)

• They’re here: RHP Tim Hudson, OF Michael Morse, INF Ehire Adrianza

• They’re out of here: RHP Chad Gaudin, LHP Jose Mijares, RHP Guillermo Moscoso, OF Brett Pill, OF Andres Torres, LHP Barry Zito

• Projected lineup: CF Angel Pagan (.282, 5 home runs, 30 RBIs), 2B Marco Scutaro (.297, 2, 31, but will start season on DL) 1B Brandon Belt (.289, 17, 67), C Buster Posey (.294, 15, 72), RF Hunter Pence (.283, 27, 99, 22 SB), 3B Pablo Sandoval (.278, 14, 79), LF Michael Morse (.215, 13, 27 with Mariners and Orioles), SS Brandon Crawford (.248, 9, 43), starting pitcher spot

• Projected rotation: LH Madison Bumgarner (13-9, 2.77 ERA, 199 strikeouts), RH Matt Cain (8-10, 4.00, 158), RH Tim Hudson (8-7, 3.97, 95 with Braves), RH Tim Lincecum (10-14, 4.37, 193), RH Ryan Vogelsong (4-6, 5.73, 67)

• Key relievers: RH Sergio Romo (5-8, 2.54, 38 saves), LH Javier Lopez (4-2, 1.83), RH Santiago Casilla (7-2, 2.16, 2 saves), LH Jeremy Affeldt (1-5, 3.74)

• Outlook: Rather than rebuild after a disappointing 2013 season, the Giants re-signed their high-profile free agents and added a few complementary pieces. They’ll count on their pitching staff rebounding from a down year and the roster staying healthy following a long offseason, beginning with Pagan atop the lineup and Sandoval having the added incentive of being in a contract year. Do those things, and the Giants should contend again in the N.L. West.

– Matt Kawahara

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