It’s been a week since the San Francisco Giants met with the Giancarlo Stanton and his representatives, and it appears that the Giants are out of the running.
Despite all the efforts from current San Francisco Giants players, Hunter Pence and Cory Gearrin to bring the slugger to come play in AT&T Park. On Thursday night, Ken Rosenthal reported that the 2017 National League MVP is not set on coming to come to play in San Francisco. Ouch.
To make matters worse, it appears the Los Angles Dodgers are back in play. According to MLB.com, it reports that “Stanton is pushing for a trade to the Dodgers or Yankees, but remains flexible.” Other possible teams include the Chicago Cubs and Huston Astros.
I know Giant fans don’t want to hear about these stories, nor believe if there is any truth to these reports. But it might be time to face the truth…Stanton doesn’t want to play with the Giants. Now, the team has to go to plan B.
I’ve come up with a list of few outfielders on the market that the Giants should look to add to the roster. Here is a list of possible players.
- J.D. Martinez: This right-hander has power in his swing. In 2017, Martinez stats were outstanding where he averaged at 303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs in just 119 games between Detroit and Arizona.
- Carlos Gonzalez: Gonzalez has three Gold Gloves Awards and two Silver Slugger Awards under his belt. He didn’t have the best year in 2017. However, he got hot in the month of September.
- Jay Bruce: Another hitter with “power” in his swing. Bruce can be threat in middle of the lineup. In 2017, he averaged at .254/.324/.508 while playing for both New York Mets and Cleveland Indians. In the postseason, Bruce stats were at .278/.333/.667.
- Lorenzo Cain: Cain has speed. Not only, he can steal bases, but has great play making skills in outfield. In 2017 season, he had 26 stolen bases and averaged at .300/.421/.440.
- Andrew McCutchen: McCutchen has both power and speed. There have been rumors the Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates were talks in trade with right-handler. In 2017, McCutchen numbers were up and down, but he ended the season .279/.363/.486.
Each of these players have the ability to help the San Francisco Giants recover from the 2017 season.