Lastly, we take a look at Christian Yelich. Personally, I think Yelich is the best overall player in this group.
He was tied with Pillar for the best fielding percentage among center fielders in 2017, but had a negative 0.6 defensive war (defensive wins above replacement) according to ESPN.
While he may not be as flashy as some of the others on this list, he at least makes the plays he’s supposed to.
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But what makes Yelich a lot more attractive are his offensive numbers. He has a career average of .290 and an OBP of .369 in almost 2,500 at-bats.
Plus, he’s hit 21 and 18 home runs respectively in the past two seasons.
If that’s not enough to convince you, he’ll play next year at age 26 and is signed through 2022, while not making more than $14 million in any of those seasons.
There is the caveat that Yelich, like Heward, is best suited defensively in a corer outfield spot. If that’s the case, then he loses some value for me for the same reason Heyward would.
Still, I think Yelich is very capable of sticking center field. He’s used to playing in Marlins Park, which is just as spacious as AT&T.
So if I have to pick one move that the Giants have to make this offseason, it’s in center field. And my pick would be Christian Yelich.