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San Francisco Giants: Alternatives to the Free Agent Closers

Sep 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) signals in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) signals in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Sep 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) signals in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants need a closer. That much was obvious as the Giants punted away a two run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning in an elimination game. That came after they blew 32 save opportunities in the regular season.

The San Francisco Giants are searching for a closer. The simple thing is the three free agent closers available. Aroldis Chapman, Mark Melancon, and Kenley Jansen are all available this offseason. Outside of the $14 million AAV plus that they would command for a contract, only two have no other costs. Chapman and Melancon were not given qualifying offers, meaning if signed, the Giants don’t have to give up a draft pick.

The issue there is A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER TEAMS DON’T WANT TO GIVE UP A DRAFT PICK. Add in the domestic abuse history behind Chapman, Melancon would be coveted by almost any team in the “closer” market. That leaves Chapman and Jansen. Jansen will most likely cost upwards of $16million AAV. Chapman might cost more, and with the draft pick behind Jansen as well, they just may be too expensive, or have too much baggage for the Giants. That’s an entire possibility.

So with that in mind, I present to you a few other options to fill the closer role. Obviously, I would like one of the three (I do not think signing Chapman would send a good message to a fanbase as progressive as the one in San Francisco. Therefore, I don’t really want him) free agent closers. However, if the Giants were able to adequately fill the role without spending a whole lot of money, why not?

Here are the potential alternative options for the San Francisco Giants

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