The San Francisco Giants have been a nice shock in 2020, profiting from a shortened season by staying in rivalry till the final recreation of the 12 months. It was an entirely surprising improvement: The Giants initially appeared content material taking a multi-year path again to relevancy by letting their finest prospects mature within the minors, whereas permitting their payroll-crippling, unmovable contracts to run their course till sufficient cash was freed as much as dive into free company.
And it was a stable plan! The Giants appeared as if they’d been handed by each workforce within the NL West, and fast fixes weren’t going to do the trick. Plus, after 2021, these contracts would begin coming off the books and San Francisco would have bundles of cash to spend whereas different groups minimize prices.