Kind of expected that when we didn't get another starter that bitching would start. At the end of the day, we didn't overpay for any player. Holmes upside is now, the only thing that might improve is command and that is an iffy thing for a full-effort kid who is stocky now and could have some serious body concerns in the future. Montas can't stay healthy and also has body concerns, even though the injuries are bizarre, he still hasn't shown us anything and we are basically trading an injured pitcher who has less than ten innings on the farm for a guy who has 76 very good innings in the show. Hell, it is a rental and a cheap one at that. Lastly, Cotton is the mystery guy. Is he a starter or is he a reliever? Even the Dodgers don't know. I am thinking reliever and even with the overpayment, leaguewide, for veteran relief arms, they are still a dime a dozen if he doesn't close. Lastly, lost Bolsinger....good riddance, 'nuf said.
We get Josh Reddick and if we slot him into left field, we have the best defensive outfield in the game. Add in Hill, when (if) healthy, he is very good. Not my first choice but given the price paid by the Giants for Matt Moore, we got away damned cheap. We added Jesse Chavez, who was a poor fit in Toronto and the AL East. Guy can be hard to square up and his peripheral numbers aren't bad. Josh Fields looks like farm fodder, who will likely get a call up in September.
For what it is worth, we still have Urias, JDL, Stewart, Alvarez, Verdugo, Bellinger, Calhoun, Barnes, etc..... Maybe the Blue saw enough in Puig, yesterday, to think that he has turned the corner. By adding Reddick, we have ended the Howie Kendrick experiment and maybe he can start splitting time with Utley. At the end of this day, we still have enough to swing a deal for Chris Sale or Chris Archer in December. Resigning Reddick could be a move, but we still have Verdugo who can slot into left field in '17. Could we have done more? Sure, I am no fool, but if the talk is correct, the Rays, White Sox, Reds and others were trying to talk us into giving up both JDL and Urias in any deal. The line was likely drawn at you get one or the other. When I look at what the Giants gave up for Matt Moore, Will Smith and Eduardo Nunez, I can safely say they emptied their farm system for a four, a lefty set up guy and third baseman with marginal pop. While I am not high on Bickford (bad character and likely a closer) or Duffy (think it was all smoke and mirrors- although if he moves to shortstop, he will be a great fit in Tampa), I think that Susac, Fox and Mejia will all hurt the Giants especially when they are forced to move Posey out from behind the plate.
In closing. I can see where our front office drew the line. The prices for Sale and Archer were likely over the moon and Moore is a good piece but if we send our third baseman, our top international free agent and our best relief pitcher on the farm for a guy like Moore, I am equally sure the bitching would be just as raucous. Hell, nothing is guaranteed. If we get Matt Moore and his elbow goes pop, the second-guessing would begin. Did we get right handed power? Depends on where you look. If Puig is right in his mind and body, then we got that covered. Did we get a relief pitcher? Again, we didn't deal Baez and added a veteran righty to a pen. Also, we still have JDL, Urias, Stewart and even Rhame who can be called up and fill in where needed. Adding another lefty seems nutty, but Ryu looks done this year and we can't get a straight answer on Kershaw, so we have to hope Norris is healthy, Anderson is close and Hill can continue to give us seventy innings of a mid two ERA. I am good with what we have added and if that was the limit on what the front office was willing to give up. It is still nowhere as bad as Ned giving up Carlos Santana to get a Casey Blake.