The St. Louis Cardinals may be done shopping their stable of young outfielders with last month’s trade of Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics, but that shouldn’t stop the Giants from inquiring about Grichuk – who will likely be relegated to fourth outfielder duty in the wake of their acquisition of stud OF Marcell Ozuna.
While they may be incentivized to wait for the right package, I’m sure they want to give capable prospect Harrison Bader some playing time and could still stand to add some bullpen help, which the Giants may be able to afford for the righty Grichuk.
Consistently a 20+ homer threat, the 26-year old would seem to benefit from regular playing time since he lost his lineup spot to the late-blooming Tommy Pham last season. And lo and behold, the Giants have a gaping hole in their outfield that could use a talented youngster.
It also helps that Grichuk has some experience in CF and is at least an average to above average defender, yet he’s projected to only cost $2.8MM in his first round of arbitration.
These “change of environment” type players should be ones the Giants pursue. Grichuk is not the only young outfielder who fits this mold, as names like Keon Broxton, Delino DeShields, and Aaron Altherr also come to mind.
Within the price range the Giants are looking in, these are players whose current teams may be willing to move on from for a variety of reasons, which could lead to the best opportunities to find value on the current market.