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Five Free Agent Outfielders the San Francisco Giants Should Target

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - APRIL 23: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals warms up on the on-deck circle before hitting in the third inning 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 warms up on the on-deck circle before hitting in the third inning 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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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 23: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals warms up on the on-deck circle before hitting in the third inning against the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park on April 23, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco Giants need severe help in the outfield. Given that the current Market is starting to heat up, and players are accepting the reality that they won’t be getting long term massive money deals when they’re in their mid-30’s here are five outfielders the Giants should attempt to land.

Since the start of the 2015 season, the San Francsico Giants outfield unit has posted a 10.5 fWAR (Fangraph’s calculation of WAR). That’s good for the second worst outfield unit in baseball since then. For comparison, the Red Sox top the list with a 54.8 collective WAR from their Outfield in the same time-span.

Now, for context, the Padres are in the bottom third of the league in outfield WAR since 2015, and they still have doubled the Giants’ WAR total over that same time period. The league average WAR over that time frame is a 30.1, just less than three times as much as the Giants outfield has produced.

None of those make the Giants outfield look good, because it hasn’t been good. They need help there, and the answer is likely not in the system. So they need to supplement production there from outside the system. Enter, the free agent market.

There are still a few free agents who could easily come in next year and be better than Mac Williamson, or Austin Slater. The Giants can afford to sacrifice offensive production in center field because their catcher can hit. So Duggar is safe there. But the Giants need a lot more than Mac and Slater. So let’s look at a few bargain deals, and a couple serious deals that could still be had on the market.

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