San Francisco Giants: Free agency dark horse options

By Danny Vietti
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Aug 8, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Chicago White Sox pitcher Jeff Samardzija (29) delivers a pitch against the Kansas City Royals during the third inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

RHP Jeff Samardzija

2015 Statistics: 11-13, 4.96 ERA, 2 shutouts, 163 strikeouts, 1.298 WHIP, 0.2 WAR

Reason for Signing: Miss out on Greinke, Zimermann, Cueto, Price, and unable to sign Leake.

Mar 16, 2015; Peoria, AZ, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher Brandon Morrow (21) pitches against the Chicago Cubs at Peoria Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

RHP Brandon Morrow

2015 Statistics: 2-0, 2.73 ERA, 5 starts, 33 innings pitched, 23 strikeouts, 1.091 WHIP, 0.6 WAR

Reason for Signing: Fill the 5th starting pitcher role/Morrow is a native of Northern California (Santa Rosa, CA)

Jul 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) dives to catch a fly ball in the third inning against Minnesota Twins right fielder Chris Parmelee (not shown) at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

OF Alex Gordon (*opted out of contract on Wednesday)

2015 Statistics: 104 games, .271/.377/.432, 13 home runs, 18 doubles, 48 RBIs, 2.8 WAR, 2015 All Star, 2015 World Champion

Reason for Signing: Sign a big name free agent/Essentially replace Angel Pagan/Solidify lineup/Have money to spend

Oct 27, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) reacts after hitting a double against the New York Mets in the 8th inning in game one of the 2015 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

UTL Ben Zobrist

2015 Statistics: 126 games, 276/.359/.450, 13 home runs, 56 RBIs, 36 doubles, 76 runs, 1.2 WAR, played every position but shortstop and catcher

Reason for Signing: Bench depth/Utility infielder/Can play anywhere/Can replace anybody

RHP Darren O’Day

2015 Statistics: 6-2, 1.52 ERA, 65 1/3 innings pitched, 82 strikeouts, 0.934 WHIP, 2.8 WAR

Reason for Signing: Bullpen depth/Righty-specialist/Innings-eater