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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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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 16: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros hits a RBI single in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 16: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros hits a RBI single in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Marwin Gonzalez

Marwin Gonzalez, better known as “Swiss G” is a player I’ve liked for the Giants for almost a year now. Gonzalez is a product of the Astro’s organization and is highly regarded as one of the most versatile players in all of baseball. An outfielder who can also play shortstop, first base and a little bit of second base, Gonzalez is just what this Giants team needs.

In his introductory press conference, Giants new Head of Baseball Operations, Farhan Zaidi talked about how important it is to have players that can play multiple positions and are not tied down to just one position.

This is true with the Dodgers and players such as Chris Taylor, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, etc. Marwin Gonzalez is just that and i think it would be a perfect fit for the Giants. In 2017 during the Astros World Series run, Marwin Gonzalez put up some big numbers for the club in the regular season.

Hitting .303/.377/.530 with 23 home runs and 90 RBI’s, Marwin Gonzalez was a huge shot in the arm for the Astros that year. This year, Gonzalez took a step backwards in his production at the plate. Hitting around .250 with 16 homers and 68 RBI’s Gonzalez was unable to replicate this outstanding success from the year prior.

Coming off a year where he did not continue his success, his asking price could be pretty reasonable for a player of his caliber. He’s such a perfect fit for the Giants because of his flexibility and versatility all over the field and his potential to be a nice fit at the bottom of the Giants lineup.

After watching him in the World Series in 2017, Farhan Zaidi might just fall in love with the idea of signing Marwin Gonzalez this off season. Making just $5 million this past season, Gonzalez is due for a big pay day, but nothing crazy. Gonzalez could possibly land a deal around $15 million AAV, and i think the Giants should definitely entertain that dollar amount for a guy that can be so valuable in multiple ways.

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