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San Francisco Giants: Four Potential Free Agents to Avoid

Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2015; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants senior vice president and general manager Bobby Evans announces the signing of pitcher Johnny Cueto at a press conference at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 4, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo (45) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League wild card playoff baseball game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Baltimore Orioles right fielder Mark Trumbo (45) hits a two run home run during the fourth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League wild card playoff baseball game at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Trumbo

So what if he lead the American League in home-runs? He doesn’t fit the Giants philosphy as a franchise. He would be a glorified Michael Morse, and with Spotrac.com projecting his market value at $20 million annually, the Giants should make a hard pass. He can definitely hit the ball hard, but his contact rate isn’t exactly the greatest.

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He struck out 170 times this year, good for 10th highest in baseball. If you thought Belt struck out a lot, then wait till you have to deal with Trumbo. Camden Yards is a hitter friendly ballpark and frankly, numbers there really can’t be trusted. The ball travels a lot differently at AT&T and I don’t think you’d see more than half of that type of production if he signed in SF.

Let’s also take a look at his defense. According to Baseball Reference, his defence was worth -7 runs in left field, and -3 runs at third base. That doesn’t exactly fit into the Giants overall philosophy. Put him in a larger field, with more responsibility defensively, and that just isn’t going to work. Mark Trumbo? Mark Trumb-no.

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