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San Francisco Giants 2018 Free Agency Preview: Five Corner Outfielders to Target

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 23: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals gets ready to bat against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 23, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 23: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals gets ready to bat against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 23, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 22: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on September 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – SEPTEMBER 22: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of an MLB game at Chase Field on September 22, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

AJ Pollock

Aside from the big fish that is Bryce Harper, AJ Pollock is the next biggest fish in the sea, a salmon if you will. The 31 year-old center fielder is coming off another injury plagued season, and will likely be the fall-back option for many teams after missing out on Harper. AJ Pollock (when healthy) has proven to be a dynamic, multi-tooled payer who can be a spark plug in any lineup he’s thrown into. He can hit for average, power, drive in runs, steal bases and play solid defense, all of which the Giants desperately need.

There’s no question that if Pollock is able to stay healthy, he’ll be able to put up good numbers. But again, can he stay healthy? Entering his age 31 season, Pollock is not exactly a young and spry Bryce Harper. In today’s game of baseball, 31 is the beginning of the decline, and with Pollock already being labeled as injury prone, its concerning.

What makes Pollock so intriguing is that he can do so much for a team when he’s healthy. He can bring so much to the table and can really give your team a boost offensively and defensively.

Any player that possesses the tools that Pollock does, is definitely someone worth adding to your team and can be a very underrated signing. Its still unsure what kind of money AJ Pollock will land, but there was speculation that if healthy, he could get money close to Charlie Blackmon‘s six-year, $108 million contract. Somewhere between $85-100 million seems like an accurate number for AJ Pollock, an estimated AAV of $15-18 million AAV.

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