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Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 2, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) celebrates after hitting a solo home run against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Sign Dexter Fowler, Move Span to Left. Force Span to beat out Williamson/Parker.

If the San Francisco Giants really have the itch to upgrade left field without seeing what Williamson or Parker can do in a full-time role, then this might be the best option to keep the outfield defense level equal to, or greater than last years. Dexter Fowler is a heck of a center fielder. He would do just fine at AT&T Park. He’s played center field in Houston, and Colorado before. Those two are probably the most difficult spots to play center field outside of AT&T Park. There is no doubt in my mind that Dexter Fowler would be a better option defensively in centerfield than Denard Span. Personally, I wanted the Fowler contract over the Span contract last season. The effect this might have on Span could be beneficial.

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Span is one of those guys who can easily play anywhere in the outfield. There would be no issue with playing him in left. The intriguing thing is putting him into a competition with Williamson and Parker in left. Span had a down year at the plate, which left many Giants fans frustrated. If Williamson or Parker were able to find consistent success at the plate next year, it might force Span into a fourth outfielder role, which honestly is a good situation to be in. If not, Williamson and Parker aren’t bad fourth and fifth options either

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