San Francisco Giants: Possible Free Agent Outfield Targets
Sep 2, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) follows through on a solo home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
The Big Ticket Names:
Justin Upton, Yoenis Cespedes, and Jason Heyward are the top three outfield prizes in 2016, but signing any one of these All Stars could drastically limit the Giants ability to land a top-tier starting pitcher.
Heyward, still just 26-years-old, is expected to command a deal of at least seven years and $160 million, and is probably out of the Giants’ price range. As for Cespedes, he is also expected to receive a similar deal, however, his poor showing down the stretch and in the playoffs may have hurt his value. More importantly, he has a reputation for being a poor clubhouse guy—perhaps evidenced by him being traded three times in the past two years—something the Giants put a high premium on as an organization, which limit their interest.
Justin Upton is the most likely option of the big three. Upton hasn’t quite lived up to expectations over the past few years, but scouts maintain that he has the potential to be a 40-homerun player. Placing him in a Giants order where he’s not expected to be the guy could alleviate some of the pressure he’s been burdened with since entering the league, allowing him to put up big numbers next year. In addition, it’s possible his eventual price could be lower than Heyward’s and Cespedes’, and there has already been speculation that Upton could draw serious interest from the Giants come winter.
As tantalizing as an Upton-Posey-Pence middle of the order sounds, don’t count on the Giants signing any of these names unless they are unable to land an ace first.
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