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San Francisco Giants Fans Giving up on 2018; A Look to 2019

MIAMI, FL - JULY 26: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals at bat in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - JULY 26: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals at bat in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on July 26, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 13: Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on July 13, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Yankees 6-5. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH – JULY 13: Michael Brantley #23 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the New York Yankees during the eighth inning at Progressive Field on July 13, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Yankees 6-5. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Free Agent Targets

Who do we want? Harper! Will he sign with us? Probably not. Who do we get? Michael Brantley.

Yeah, it’s not very sexy, but Michael Brantley might be the best fit for the Giants. He’s 31, he’s injured often, but he’s a productive bat and solid left fielder.

If (big if) he can stay healthy, he would fit the Giants mold of base hitting teams to death. Considering his age, his injury history, and the Giants loyalty to veterans this could be a good match.

He will be 32 early in the 2019 season so this is probably his last big contract. He could contribute right away and the Giants will still promise to play him even when he’s 36 and in a wheelchair.

He’d probably get a 4-5 year deal and if he somehow managed to stay healthy all those years he could be a great addition.

Next target should be Marwin Gonzalez. After Monday’s loss, I curse this man’s name. But he can change all that by hitting some gut-punching dingers for us.

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Marwin Gonzalez is a switch-hitting super utility player with some power and the Giants should strongly consider shelling out some money for his services. He might not start on Opening Day, but he would still probably be an everyday player at one position or another. He’s played every position besides catcher in his career. Is he good at all of these positions? Not really, but he can play them and that’s pretty cool.

Sticking with the Astros, what about Evan Gattis? He’d be an interesting bench/platoon/emergency catcher/big beard owner/tater masher. I don’t know, I just like him. He’d be fun.

Matt Harvey. The Giants love reclamation projects and Matt Harvey can be an excellent high-risk high reward kind of guy. Pitchers love pitching in San Francisco, and Matt Harvey seems to have made some adjustments and turned things around a little bit in Cincinnati. When right, he’s an ace. When bad, he’s really bad. Like he’s a literal bad boy. But he’s been decent and might be worth the risk.

I’ve heard rumors that Joe Panik might not be in the Giants future plans, which I hate because he’s my favorite. But if the Giants did move Panik, they should take a shot at DJ LeMahieu, and if that doesn’t work maybe give Jed Lowrie a look.

I don’t know. These are just ideas, but there are a lot of names on the free agent market that could help the Giants out a lot next season.

As it stands, the San Francisco Giants have some money to spend on some guys that could turn this average team into an above average team.

These guesses are based on what type of players the Giants tend to sign and a little bit of optimism.

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You probably don’t agree with these names, but these are the ones I got. And I’m the one that gets to write articles, so I’m just gonna hit “post” now. Let the debating begin!

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