State of the Giants: December 2015

State of the Giants is a series that takes a broad look at my 28-team H2H contract dynasty team. It externalizes my thoughts on the team and is used to help me plan paths forward.

Monthly Recap

First week of December is our cutoff for promoting players to protect from the Rule 5 Draft, November was largely spent doing roster housekeeping. This resulted in 8 minor league promotions and 4 players being designated for assignment. Trades were completed with 40-man considerations in mind. The biggest loss is Andrew Cashner; currently only 3 true SP remain on the roster along with several 5th starters / long men and question marks (Chavez, Nuno; Greene, Alvarez). However, at least one SP needed to be moved before the 2016 season and Cashner seemed logical given ownership’s concerns with his future performance, especially given the H2H scoring environment which does not reward weekly volatility. The return was seen as light but Vallot provides an upside bat. The Zimmerman trade freed up long-term salary while gaining a valuable weapon (Hughes for K:BB).

As the offseason progresses, several holes will need to be filled via free agency and/or trades: frontline SP, solid RP, catcher, third base, and steals (likely from OF position). Additonally, there are at least 2 currently active 1B/UT players extra on the roster; trading this excess to fill holes will be priority in the next few months.

Major League Roster

The major league roster includes players on Giants 40-man roster and Paid Minors (minor league but with salary)

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Minor League Roster

Minor league roster will include the top 60 prospects (top 20 bolded) in the system organized by current projected MLB position.


Aaron West
Alex Balog
Andrew Barbosa
Austin Gomber
Austin L. Adams
Austin Robichaux
Chih-Wei Hu
Cody Hall
Corey Ray
Derrick Bleeker
Francis Martes
Jace Fry
Jeff Thompson
Jochi Ogando
Joey Krehbiel
Kyle Hansen
Luis Merejo
Michael Roth
Nick Pivetta
Rob Zastryzny
Stephen Johnson
Steven Okert
Taylor Rogers
Ty Buttrey
Tyler Duffey
Will Clinard



Beau Taylor
Cameron Gallagher
Gabriel Lino
Lucas Simeon
Nick Cuiffo
Ryan Miller
Victor Caratini


Corner Infield

Brandon Dixon
Daniel Paolini
Domonic Ficocello
Jeimer Candelario

Michael Snyder
Seth Mejias-Brean

Middle Infield

Andrew Pullin
Addison Russell
Corey Toups
Edwin Diaz
Eric Stamets
Gosuke Katoh
JaCoby Jones
Mason Katz
Oscar Mercado
Tyler Ladendorf



Aristedes Aquino
Bralin Jackson
Chuck Taylor
Connor Harrell
Courtney Hawkins
James Ramsey
Juan Perez
Marc Wik
Rashad Brown
Tanner English
Ty Horan

Prior Month Transactions


      • Ryan Zimmerman | $11,000,000 | 2017-18P
        SP Phil Hughes | $4,801,000 | 2016-17P
        RP Bobby Parnell | $4,000,000 | 2016
        C Hector Sanchez | $520,000 | 2017
        IF Rafael Ynoa | $840,000 | 2019-20P
        RP Sean Marshall | $4,226,250 | 2016
        C Lucas Simeon | minors
      • Hector Sanchez | $520,000 | 2017
        Corey Ray | minors
      • Seth Smith | $3,990,000 | 2017
        Corey Toups | minors
        Lucas Harrell | minors
        David Adams | $400,000 | 2018
        Carlos Peguero | $500,000 | 2016
      • Adam Duvall | $500,000 | 2020
        Seth Mejias-Brean | minors
        Ryan Miller | minors
      • Andrew Cashner | $812,000 | 2017
        Chase Vallot | minors
        Tyler Smith | minors
        David Rodriguez | minors
        2015-2016 3rd round minor league free agent draft pick
        A.J. Schugel | $500,000 | 2020

Designated for assignment or outrighted through waivers

      • Tyler Clippard | $5,460,000 2016-17T (not claimed)
      • Bobby Parnell | $4,000,000 2016 (not claimed)
      • Sean Marshall | $4,226,250 2016 (not claimed)
      • Rafael Ynoa | $840,000 2019-20P (claimed)

Minor league promotions (with position and MLB team)

    • Ray Black | Pitcher | Giants
    • Shawn Morimando | Pitcher | Indians
    • Jake Smith | Pitcher | Giants
    • Derek Law | Pitcher | Giants
    • Kelby Tomlinson | Infield| Giants
    • Tyler Goeddel | Outfield | Rays
    • Matt E. Duffy | Third Base | Astros
    • Danry Vazquez | Outfield | Astros



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