San Fransisco Giants
Whether or not you’re superstitious, it’s hard not to like the Giants’ World Series chances in 2016. They replenished their battered starting rotation behind Madison Bumgarner, signing Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to multi-year deals, which could give San Francisco a rotation as good as any in baseball (if incumbents Matt Cain and Jake Peavy can remain healthy). Add that to their fantastic homegrown infield corps comprised of Brandon Belt, All-Stars Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik, and 2015 Rookie of the Year runner-up Matt Duffy, and the Giants look poised to make another championship run. Oh, and that’s without even mentioning perennial MVP candidate Buster Posey at catcher, and fan-favorite All-Star Hunter Pence in right field. The only hole left to address on their roster is left field – but it’s a big hole, with only Gregor Blanco currently listed at that position on San Francisco’s depth chart. Amazingly, the Giants might actually still have some money left over to pursue one of the top free-agent left fielders, but it’s more likely they resolve their issue with a lower-tier free agent or (wait for it), a trade! Which brings us back to CarGo.
There’s a problem, though: in 200 career plate appearances at AT&T Park, Gonzalez is only slashing .227/.280/.373 with a tOPS+ of 52. It seems very likely that Gonzalez’s production would go way down in a home park that has been extremely unfriendly to many left-handed hitters.