We know the San Francisco Giants need to make several moves this offseason to get back into contention, but we’ll look at if they could only make one move, what would it be.
As the offseason begins we know the Giants need to fill holes in pretty much the entire outfield, as well as third base and in the bullpen.
So if they could only make one move, you have to determine which position would give us the biggest upgrade.
As important as the bullpen is, I think we can leave it out of this conversation. The Giants were middle of the pack in bullpen ERA, but I think with a healthy Mark Melancon and a more relaxed Sam Dyson that number will be at least a little better in 2018.
I know Pence isn’t getting any younger and has dealt with injuries for three straight years now, but when he is on the field he’s a very productive player.
Slater has a chance to be really good in my opinion, and regardless of how many moves the Giants make this offseason, I think they leave a spot open for him in the outfield.
That leaves us with two major holes — center field and third base.
As much as we desperately need an upgrade at third base, I think finding a young, defensive-minded center fielder is the most important move for this team this offseason.
Since we hypothetically are only making one move, we’re going to say money isn’t an issue. Therefore we’re able to pick from the top of the barrel.
The best available free agent option in center field is Lorenzo Cain.
All of those players will be 29 years old or younger to start the 2018 season, and all — with maybe the exception of Yelich — are defensive-minded players. And it’s possible that they’re all available for trade this offseason.