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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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HOUSTON, TX – OCTOBER 18: Marwin Gonzalez #9 of the Houston Astros reacts after striking out in the ninth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Five of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 18, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Marwin Gonzalez

Marwin has been at the forefront of many Giants fans lips, and why not. The guy is incredibly versatile, and could be a late J.D. Martinez type bloomer. He’s already a fantastic hitter with a ton of power. His left handed swing would put plenty of baseballs into McCovey Cove, and his overall ability at multiple positions helps the Giants significantly.

Not only could Marwin play in the outfield for them, either left or right field, but he can play as a second baseman, short-stop, and third-baseman as well. That versatility alone would be massive to add to the Giants, with the ability to not lose a whole lot, but give guys a day off here and there at the same time.

We really haven’t even gotten started on his bat either. Marwin struggled at times last season, but we do know he’s capable of a solid 4 WAR year. In 2018 he hit .247 but still posted a .300+ OBP and higher OPS than most on the San Francisco Giants in 2018. Marwin’s average has never been that low and would be likely to rebound. The only time he has posted below a 100 wRC+, was in 2015.

Marwin is probably available on a 2-4 year deal at somewhere between $10-$15m a year AAV. That type of deal wouldn’t hurt the Giants very much, and thanks to the Astros not extending a Qualifying offer to him, the Giants could sign him to whatever deal they want and not suffer draft pick and international bonus money penalties.

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