San Francisco Giants Offseason: AtF Staff Roundtable Discussion
What are the the biggest holes the San francisco Giants must fill this offseason?
(Michael Saltzman) Closer and Left Field. Closer is key because with Derek Law, Hunter Strickland and Will Smith, the Giants still have a strong bullpen. The outfield is a big issue because both Span and Pence are veterans. Getting younger in the outfield should be a priority, but getting more productive in the outfield in more important for 2017. I could see the Giants checking in on all LF and CF options out there.
(Chris Estrada) Left field and getting a closer. The closer being more mandatory. The giants have a young group of pitchers that will be a part of this bullpen for a long time. except all of them lack closing experience. Derek Law seems like the obvious choice to be given a chance and he might get that chance eventually but, the Giants are not a team that likes to let their rookies learn on the job at the big league level. With a position so important to this team, you will see the Giants talking to every available free agent closer this offseason. The outfield as a whole needs depth. Denard Span had a down year and Hunter Pence has become injury prone. Left field is up for grabs between Mac Williamson and Jarrett Parker. Neither have shown that they can hit consistently at the Major League Level however, which could push the Giants to look at available free agent options.
(Taylor Corbin) The Giants must resolve their bullpen issues, primarily in the ninth inning with closing games. Expect the Giants to sign one-or-more of the three elite bullpen options of Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, or Mark Melancon. Bobby Evans needs to then address the void in left field, and there are serviceable options on the free-agent market or trade. Don’t expect a huge name like Cespedes to sign with the team if they dish out the big bucks for one of the closers above.
(Daniel Sperry) It’s clear that the bullpen is a big hole, but I truly feel like the only hole there is closer. If the Giants can grab one of those three, then look to Left Field. I don’t see much point in paying out to upgrade left field and NOT getting an elite closer, especially with three available. In order of priority, I say it’s : 1) Closer 2) Depth 3) Power bat/left field