Cain is someone who has been discussed ad nauseam here and elsewhere. Essentially, I think Cain would be a very good player for the Giants, but I worry about signing him to a long-term deal.
He’s played in 140 games or more just twice in his career, and he’ll start next year at age 32.
Cain is a plus defender though, and would add a double-digit home run threat to the lineup.
We’ve already heard rumors of the Giants and Cubs discussing a Heyward trade. While Heyward would certainly add a Gold Glove to the outfield, I think he’s more suited for right field.
And if you’re going to get him for right field, I don’t feel it’s a great move. I’d rather the Giants get a more capable home run hitter in right or left.
Kiermaier really intrigues me as he’ll be 28 to start 2018, is a Gold Glove center fielder and has hit double-digit home runs in four straight years. And he’s only had more than 380 at-bats in a season once.
There are no indications the Rays would be willing to trade him, but if they are, the Giants should jump all over him.
The Rays just signed him to a very team-friendly contract through the 2023 season, so it might take quite a bit to pull him away from Tampa Bay.
But again, we’re assuming cost isn’t an issue.