There's no way around it. The 2017 season was a disaster for the Giants.
A team featuring a core of players that won World Series titles in 2010, 2012 and 2014 finished with the worst record in the National League. They nearly lost 100 games.
Veteran right fielder Hunter Pence understands what happened last season and he was vocal over the weekend in an interview with MLB Network Radio about turning things around in 2018.
"We got hit with the humble pie. And I think it's one of the best things that could have ever happened to you. I love this quote [Giants backup catcher] Nick Hundley sent to me this offseason because we were talking different mindsets and plans and just getting back to the foundation and he said 'full lions don't hunt.' And I just love that analogy," Pence said. I feel like we are some starving lions after last year and that's my mindset through all these workouts, through this whole offseason process, I'm a starving lion looking to hunt."
Pence addressed what he's hoping to see from the team when they converge on Scottsdale for spring training in February and March.
"It's just that mentality is kind of my goal. Day 1 of spring training, we can't be too big for the littlest details, you just gotta get detail-oriented, gotta do the little things right. And if you get minds working with that hunger, you can build a beautiful energy and that's going to be the focus, getting everyone focused on the details, getting our humble pie and starving to go hunt," Pence said.
Rather than rebuild after a down season, the Giants' front office decided to reload this offseason. They acquired All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria from the Rays for Christian Arroyo, Denard Span and two minor league pitchers. Over the last few weeks, the Giants have also reportedly connected to Reds CF Billy Hamilton, Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen as well as free agent OFs Jay Bruce and Carlos Gonzalez.