Another rumor that has surfaced, according to multiple outlets, the Giants are interested in trading for Kevin Pillar.
He’s a premier defensive Center Fielder, but he is a pretty average hitter with limited power. The appeal here is that Pillar could conceivably move into a platoon role and step back from being an everyday player.
Being a more match up based offensive option might help boost his offensive numbers, plus the idea of potentially having him and Steven Duggar roaming the outfield at the same time is an exciting prospect. He wouldn’t be a big answer offesively, but perhaps Zaidi is thinking more about keeping runs off of the board for the other team and Pillar’s defense definitely does that.
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The last and most recent rumor I will cover is the Giants are interested in Mike Fiers. Fiers is a savvy veteran who has found some recent success pitching in some more pitcher friendly ballparks. He experienced somewhat of a renaissance in Detroit’s Comerica Park, that made him a pretty interesting trade deadline option for contending teams.
He found himself on the Oakland A’s pitching in the also spacious O.Co Coliseum, where he put up a solid second half. In my opinion, those numbers could be approached pitching at AT&T and he’s another depth option to help limit the work load of younger starters like Chris Stratton, Andrew Suarez and Dereck Rodriguez.
There are more rumors, swirling around, but these are the most substantial and seem to be the most indicitive of things to come for the 2019 San Francisco Giants. I know people really want to hear about the Bryce Harper sweepstakes, but there are no reports substantiating any rumors regarding the San Francisco Giants.
Farhan Zaidi used patience, analytics, and unexciting moves to turn the Dodgers into a budget swollen, underperforming mess into a diamond in the rough finding, perennial contender. Zaidi’s first offseason as President of Baseball Operations hasn’t been the most exciting, but it has been one of the more interesting and optimism inspiring offseason of recent memory.