The San Francisco Giants have re-signed veteran catcher Nick Hundley to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million, according to Henry Schulman.
In an offseason full of eye-popping moves, San Francisco re-upping on Hundley was, for the most part, expected, and for good reason.
Hundley didn’t take long to earn the respect of his peer, so much so that he became the first first-year Giant in recent memory to win the Willie Mac Award. In a season filled with turmoil, Hundley’s veteran presence was a constant.
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Over 303 plate appearances in 2017, the 34-year-old slashed .244/.272/.418 with nine home runs and 35 RBI. Hundley’s performance at the plate wasn’t earth-shattering by any stretch of the imagination — he also posted the lowest BB% and highest K% of his career — but he’s arguably been Buster Posey’s most productive backup since he became San Francisco’s full-time catcher and he knows San Francisco’s pitching core.
With the Hundley signing complete, the Giants’ front office can now turn its attention to filling additional holes in its roster.
Depending on the team’s plans for next season, San Francisco will need an outfielder or two plus a third baseman. The Matt Moore trade provided the Giants with approximately $9 million in financial flexibility to spend on a position player if they chose to go the free agency route.