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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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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 27: Gerardo Parra #8 of the Colorado Rockies runs down the baseline after hitting a home runin the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Coors Field on September 27, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Gerardo Parra

Parra wouldn’t move the needle a whole lot, and to be honest, they’d probably get as much out of Parra as they would Mike Gerber. Parra hasn’t posted a WAR above 1.0 since 2013. But, if they really felt like they wanted to throw a veteran into the outfield mix, then Parra could be the guy, especially on a cheap deal.

Parra was only paid $9 million in Colorado last season. He’s played across all three outfield positions in his career and even played at first out of necessity for the Rockies. I don’t think he’s the guy, but if they happen to miss out on all the guys mentioned after him, he wouldn’t be a bad option. But on a deal any more than $5million? No thanks.

Parra is an on base machine, and actually hits for a decent average. He just has no power. He has a career .278 average and a .332 on base percentage, but that lack of power rings in at a career slugging percentage of .407.

Parra is only 31, and probably has a few decent years left. Is he “THE Answer?” Goodness no. But could be at least one answer? Sure. They’ll need to add something significant power wise somewhere, because between him and Duggar you’d be lucky to get close to 12 homers on the year. But his speed, defense, and overall on-base threat could definitely be of use for the Giants, especially as an every third or fourth day guy, or a late inning defensive replacement/pinch hitter.

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