Sep 23, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon (4) makes a sliding catch in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
The I-Could-Totally-Imagine-Him-as-a-Giant Names:
This next group of guys is made up of consummate grinders: guys who respect the game, go all out from April to September, and (insert baseball cliché here)—in other words: perfect Giants.
Kings of Kauffman
Fresh off their World Series victory, Alex Gordon, who just opted out of his deal, and Ben Zobrist are each expected to command significant interest on the free agent market. Gordon has given the Royals consistent offensive production plus 15-20 homerun power over the past five years and is considered to be one of the top defensive outfielders in baseball. The Royals will likely make a serious push to resign him, so it’s possible he receives a contract in the same neighborhood as Cesepedes or Heyward.
Despite his age at 34, super utility man Zobrist will be another popular free agent target, thanks in large part in his stellar postseason performance for the Royals. The fact that he can play nearly every position on the field (seriously, look him up on your fantasy league) doesn’t hurt either.
Gerardo Parra is coming off a career year with Milwaukee and Baltimore (.291/.328/.445) and is exactly the type defense-and-contact of guy the Giants love. The front office showed serious interest in trading for him during last year’s deadline and will probably view him as a bargain compared to many other free agents. While most fans would love to see the team add a power-bat in left, Parra would be a solid pickup.
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