A whiff of hope for the Orange and Black
A rotation with Lincecum, Cain, Randy Johnson and Sanchez is awfully hard to write off and if the club can actually add an impact bat at one of the infield corners, they might actually have enough stuff in the lineup to exploit their pitching assets. It won't be enough to contend with but it also won't be a repeat of last year's scavenger-like survival via massacre of that handful of teams even weaker than they were.
One of the more interesting analyses is on Winn, with the note that he's doing his best to earn his $8 million, leading the team's hitters in VORP (Value Over Replacement Player) even though he's really a prototypical fourth outfielder. Here's how it ends (boldface is mine) --
Entering the final year of his contract, Winn may actually find his way to a contender by the trading deadline, in which case he could become an important pennant-race patch or fourth outfield. In the meantime, don't blame Winn for the fact that the Giants are one of the worst-run organizations in baseball.