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DENVER, CO - AUGUST 05: Pitcher Pat Neshek #37 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on August 5, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - AUGUST 05: Pitcher Pat Neshek #37 of the Colorado Rockies throws in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on August 5, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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Jarrod Dyson could be the key to making the outfield useful once again in San Francisco. Credit:
Jarrod Dyson could be the key to making the outfield useful once again in San Francisco. Credit: /

Sign CF Jarrod Dyson (1 year, $8 million)

What does the outfield lack? Well, it may be easier to ask what doesn’t the outfield lack? Hunter Pence, Denard Span and Mac Williamson/Jarrett Parker/Austin Slater/Gorkys Hernandez were a big reason the Giants offense stalled last year.

They’re also a huge reason why the team’s pitching struggled, as they — by some metrics — were the worst defensive outfield in baseball.

For instance, last season Pence and Span combined were worth -0.8 WAR. Despite posting positive oWAR numbers, their defense was so bad that their dWAR made them worse than replacement level players.

Jarrod Dyson on the other hand, while having a very light bat, is a speedster with great defensive metrics. While he is likely to be benched against lefties no matter where he goes, he hit right-handed pitching to the tune of .271/.342/.388 last season.

Putting him in center field for one season might actually make the outfield defense palatable going into the season, as he’s consistently a top 10 defender at the position in terms of UZR and dWAR.

He also won’t require a Denard Span/Angel Pagan-esque contract, where we get to watch a player’s declining years right before our eyes.

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