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San Francisco Giants: Five outfield trade targets the Giants must look at

Apr 28, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) high fives teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 28, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (8) high fives teammates after hitting a home run during the fifth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 15, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins left fielder Marcell Ozuna (13) singles in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Marcell Ozuna

Why?: Ozuna is a pretty under the radar guy, and the Marlins are terrible this year. He’s not necessarily a franchise cornerstone player, but an extremely consistent player. So far this season, he’s already near worth his WAR from last season. He’s been one of those “primed” for a breakout over the past years. He’s also got a few years of organizational control attached to him. He’s not an elite outfielder by any means, but he’s clearly an upgrade over whatever the heck the Giants have going on in left. He has a career .320 OBP which isn’t bad at all. Only 26 years old, plus the organizational control is a big plus, and worth exploring. We checked out his home-run spray chart through baseball savant to see if his power would translate to AT&T park. In terms of distance, only two of his home-runs would not have been homers. You can see that graphic here. (You have to toggle over to the San Francisco Giants ballpark overlay)

Why not?: It’s hard to see what type of player he actually will turn into. Is this his breakout? Is it just a hot start? Who knows. Ozuna has his power to all fields, however his homers to right would likely not be gone at AT&T Park, even if the spray chart indicates so via. distance.

What would he cost?: I think the most he would cost would be someone like Jordan Johnson, and maybe a “project prospect.” He won’t command a freakish cost because he isn’t that type of player, or at least hasn’t become that yet. If the Giants believe he can become a top offensive threat, and he’s cheap, it would be worth a shot.

The bottom line: He’s cheap, but there is a 50/50 chance he’s not the long-term solution in the outfield. If the price is low enough, and they have plans to snag Martinez in free agency, he’d be a low-risk/high-reward trade deal.

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