Through the month of October we’ll look at several different targets this offseason that the San Francisco Giants could possibly pursue, continuing with Christian Yelich.
The Miami Marlins will be going through an ownership change this offseason, so you can’t expect some lineup turnover.
If the new regime decides to start over, then there will be a lot of interesting names available through trade.
While most people are thinking about landing the big fish, I think Christian Yelich makes a lot of sense.
He has experience in both left and center field, and the Giants have a need at both positions.
Even though he already has five years in the majors, he’ll turn 26 in December. He’s under club control through 2022, which is great except for the fact that the Marlins will want a haul for him.
I think Yelich is the most attractive player on that team, and he hasn’t even reached his peak yet.
This past season he hit .282, and that was his lowest career average. He also scored 100 runs, hit 18 home runs and drove in 81, while also swiping 16 bases.
At his best I think Yelich can be a .300 hitter and smash 20-plus home runs. There is a good chance he even has a 20-20 season very soon.
Yelich is an all-around player who would be a great fit in the Giants lineup for years to come.
But unlike some of the other names we’ve mentioned, Yelich would have to be acquired through trade.
I don’t know if the Giants have the prospects it would take to land Yelich, or if the front office would be willing to unload their top talent for him.
If I were in charge, I’d give up whatever prospects the Marlins want. I am not impressed at all with the what the Giants have, and I can say with complete confidence that none of them will ever be better than Yelich.
However, I am not in charge, and outfield isn’t the only whole on this team. The front office has to decide if they want to trade it all for Yelich, or if there is a more pressing need elsewhere.