San Francisco Giants: Nine Free Agents To Pursue at Winter Meetings
By Michael Saltzman
The San Francisco Giants and new team president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi want to improve their roster this week at the Winter Meetings in Las Vegas.
The easiest way to do that is to sign available free agents that are on the market.
Trades are always more complicated because it requires agreeing on a fair return for all the teams involved. The draft is not until June and even then, it will take years before any draft pick is in the Major Leagues.
Ultimately, free agency is the quick fix, band-aid way to plug the holes of a sinking roster.
That roster has more question marks than answers, with several veteran players on multi year contracts with no trade clauses.
However, the team also currently has four open spots on their 40 man roster.
Zaidi made his first official move on the 40 man, claiming outfielder Mike Gerber from the Detroit Tigers. Gerber, who plays all three outfield positions, was a 2016 minor league gold glove winner, but struggled at the plate in 42 appearances at the major league level, striking out 21 times and hitting .095. Gerber does seem like a fit to replace Gorkys Hernandez, who was not tendered a contract after last season.
The Giants could lose more players off the 40 man, whether it be through trades or by releasing more players before opening day. As we look to the rest of the week in Vegas, the Winter Meetings are sure to start the ball rolling on some potential adds to the roster.
Here are some free agent options that Giants should be considering.