San Francisco Giants First Priority Should be the Outfield
By Jake Mastroianni
For a couple of years now the San Francisco Giants have struggled to put together a formidable outfield. That needs to change this offseason.
Two years ago we thought Mac Williamson or Jarrett Parker was going to be the answer in left field. While there may still be a chance for Mac, I would say both have flamed out with the San Francisco Giants to this point.
Last year we tried to piece things together with Austin Jackson and Andrew McCutchen. Cutch was a solid addition, but Jackson was horrible.
Now with both of those players gone, as well as Hunter Pence, it looks like it’s time for the young guys to get their chance in the outfield.
I’m cool with that if the front office decides to go for a rebuild. But if that is not the case and we plan to contend in 2019, the outfield has to be fixed the right way this time.
To the credit of the San Francisco Giants, they did go after Giancarlo Stanton last offseason but weren’t able to get it done.
This offseason they don’t have to worry about making a trade work as they can simply sign Bryce Harper and solve most of your outfield needs.
Now for some, understandably, Harper might not be the answer as that would be a lot of money for one person for a team that has multiple holes to fill.
If the Giants decide to go about it another way, they can simply sign A.J. Pollock for center field, Marwin Gonzalez for left field (and anywhere else he’s needed), and bring McCutchen back for right field.
Those are all free agents that could be had on two-to-three year deals to help the Giants compete.
And all three of those guys would cost you less than Harper, and combined they would most likely give you better production than Harper and any internal options you use for the other two spots.
Now maybe those aren’t the three guys you want the Giants to target, and there are certainly a lot of other options out there, but I am tired of the Giants putting together an outfield based on hope.
This offseason they need to make it their top priority to build an outfield that we know for certain can produce.