Here we look at how the San Francisco Giants can go for it this offseason in an effort to compete right away in 2018 for a championship.
Two months ago I wrote an article about how the San Francisco Giants can reload and compete next season, and while that would be a good way to put a good product on the field, there’s another option — go all out.
Everyone knows by now that the Giants need to fill vacancies in the outfield, and it wouldn’t hurt if the Giants completely reloaded the outfield. The Miami Marlins’ new ownership plans to trade away some of their biggest pieces to start rebuilding, which means that Christian Yelich and the big prize himself, Giancarlo Stanton, could be on the move.
However, having Stanton and Yelich in their primes for several years would be the steal of the century. A trade like that would possibly also require the Giants to deal a pitching prospect such as Tyler Beede, Andrew Suarez or both. Though as I mentioned above, it’s worth it the cost.
Stanton, who will turn 28 years old in November, has 57 home runs here in the final week of the season, and now that the home run has become the cool thing in baseball, the Giants may want to add some pop to the order.
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Yelich will turn 26 in December, and through four-and-a-half years in the majors, he has a career batting average of .291. Yelich also worked very closely with Barry Bonds when he was the Marlins’ hitting coach last season. His relationship with Bonds could help influence the Giants to go after him.
On another positive note, if Stanton and Yelich come to the Giants, Bonds can beat them in a home run derby again.
Another move the Giants may want to consider making is trying to sign Billy Hamilton. This is the unlikeliest move. However, Hamilton is up for arbitration this offseason, so there is a possibility that he could be non-tendered by the Cincinnati Reds.
In addition to Stanton, Yelich and maybe Hamilton, Gorkys Hernandez has shown enough to be in contention for a backup outfield spot next season. Hunter Pence and Denard Span will of course be in the final year of their contracts, so one of the two could have the other backup outfield spot.
The Giants have a large payroll, and I have a feeling the organization will know that they cannot let what happened this season happen again. The Giants like to draw well, and adding players such as Stanton and Yelich would do just that.