5 Non-Tendered Players the San Francisco Giants Could Use
Some Giants fans may remember the 26-year old Gore from the 2014 World Series. He’s a speedy outfielder who can’t really hit, which may not exactly seem like someone who could move the needle for the Giants next season.
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Again, looking through non-tendered players to see who could be helpful is a difficult exercise, but Gore brings speed the Giants simply don’t have right now. If they make the move for a big time slugger like J.D. Martinez or Stanton, they likely won’t have the resources to throw money at Lorenzo Cain or another player.
Gore would give the team a capable, late inning option to come in as a pinch runner or defensive replacement, who comes with plenty of postseason experience. He’s not someone who will break the bank at all, and he is no stranger to being stored in the minor leagues until September and October.
That said, if the team has to use Gore as a starter in the outfield at any point this season, it’d be fair to assume they’re no longer playing meaningful baseball.
Designated players come with qualms, and Gore’s is his bat. For instance, in 49 games and just 14 at bats in his career, Gore does not have a hit. However, he does have 21 steals while being caught just 4 times – that’s game changing speed the Giants need.
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If the Giants find themselves in a race towards the end of the season, their current roster will greatly benefit by having the ability to promote a role player like Gore when September rolls around.