Whether it be through free agency or trade, Bruce Bochy, and the San Francisco Giants need some outfield help. Trotting out Hunter Pence, Steven Duggar, and Jarrett Parker for 500 ABs this season is not the winning formula, no matter how I would try to spin it.
San Francisco Giants’ Executive VP of Baseball Operations, Brian Sabean, acknowledges there are future moves to be made, with the outfield seeming to be top priority in the front office’s mind too.
The ideal outfielder for the team right now would be someone who has some power, can hit lefties, and field his position well. The team may need to settle for someone who only does one or two of those things though, due to budget constraints.
With the team’s known goal of staying under the luxury cap, they can’t go out and spend $200MM on J.D. Martinez or trade for Jacoby Ellsbury (unless the Yankees throw in significant cash or the Giants send back another expensive contract).
Free agents, such as Jay Bruce and Lorenzo Cain are intriguing options, yet also extremely expensive. This goes for more accomplished trade targets like Andrew Mccutchen as well, who are consequently much pricier.
Because of this, the Giants should target either cheaper free agents or trade for players who are still in arbitration.
This would leave some money for some more pitching depth or even another outfield option, each of which could help the team prepare for the long season ahead.