The Giants are just three years removed from their last World Series title. They played in the National League Division Series last October.
And despite still fielding the same core group of players that hoisted the commissioner's trophy in 2014, there is an air of dispair hovering over the Giants right now. Moving forward, the feeling isn't much better. The roster has gotten old and there isn't much help immediately on the way from the farm system.
While some fans might be calling for an overhaul of the roster, executive vice president Brian Sabean has no intention of going that far.
"We just need to get the season finished, take a step back, decompress, and not get blindly negative. We can't go overboard, like, ‘Nobody can play. Nobody should come back on this team.' We still believe in our core players. But we have to put a fresh look on things. Whatever culture we created, whatever atmosphere, that window is closed," Sabean told The San Francisco Chronicle recently.
The Giants enter Wednesday's game against the Rockies with an MLB-worst 59-93 record. They are flirting with matching or even surpassing the franchise worst 62-100 1985 season.
Upon the completion of the World Series, the Giants head into an offseason knowing they must retool the roster.
"We definitely need to get younger, more athletic and improve our defense, which has been atrocious. We've never been known as a big power team, unless you go back to 2000, when we were almost like an American League team (finishing with 226 homers). And let's face it, how many free agents are going to come here? They're not. For two reasons: the ballpark and the California taxes. That's just a fact. So we'll have to be very open-minded and aggressive on the trade front. We're gonna have to be creative, and in some cases, bold. I've been thinking about how we can re-invent ourselves since the All-Star break," Sabean told The Chronicle.