San Francisco Giants: Top 5 non-tendered free agents for Giants to consider
Sep 24, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez (24) hits a home run during the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Pirates won 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Pedro Alvarez – 3B/1B (LF?)
As an infielder Pedro Alvarez is not seen as much of an asset to a National League team. You want perspective, ok here you go
In 120 games last year at first base, Brandon Belt committed 3 errors. In just four more games at first, Alvarez had 23 errors. And at third, in 2014, he had 25 errors. This past season, Matt Duffy had 12 at third base, and he played 35 more games there.
But he does have a lot of power. He has averaged over 27 home runs a season over the last four, and has a .236 lifetime average with one All-Star appearance. Anticipate around $7.5-$8 million now that he’s non-tendered.
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He’s still only 28, and looks like a sure bet to move to the American League where his defense can be hidden with the DH. But what if he is one of those players who likes to play the field? What if a team talked him into a move to left field? What if that team was the Giants? What if his left-handed swing, and ability to hit for power to all fields, plays well at AT&T? What if?