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San Francisco Giants: Four free agents they must avoid

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies can't make the catch on a double hit by Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on September 23, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 23: Carlos Gonzalez #5 of the Colorado Rockies can't make the catch on a double hit by Austin Hedges #18 of the San Diego Padres during the sixth inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on September 23, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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If the San Francisco Giants coaching staff shake-ups are any indications, the Giants are making changes, and should be expected to make an overhaul of the roster. They might do that through free agency, and there are a few players the Giants need to steer clear of.

The San Francisco Giants were incredibly bad in 2017. One of the more logical ways to get better is through free agency. The issue with that though, is that many of these free agents just aren’t going to cut it. We’ll lay out four free agents that we think the Giants need to absolutely avoid.

Some criteria we look at for players to avoid is age, and performance within their environment. If they’re a CF, they better be good defensively. If they’re a corner infielder, there better be power attached. EVEN THEN. There are good amount of players that could check all the boxes, and still be on this list. If and when we get to those, we’ll explain why. The Giants more recent dives into free agency brought us Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija, and Mark Melancon. All have had their upsides and downfalls. Nick Hundley might have been one of their better free agent pick ups in recent seasons, and that’s saying a whole lot.

Before we proceed, we also need to understand what they’re going to be looking for this year. Here is our expected Giants wishlist:

  • All three outfield spots
    • CF-needs defense, speed, and good OBP
    • LF/RF-power and defense
  • Another Starter
  • Lefty Bullpen Help
  • Maybe Third Base

Alright! Let’s get started!

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