The San Francisco Giants have had a quiet offseason. However, rumors have picked up quite a bit recently, and the plan is still to add more players.
The first rumor is the literal elephant in the room:
The Giants would not meet with Bryce Harper if they did not have genuine interest. However, the roster still has several holes, and Harper is only one man.
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As currently constructed, the Giants have Steven Duggar in center field and question marks at either corner outfield spot. If they do not make any additions in the outfield, then they project to have one of the worst outfield units in baseball.
However, there is some good news:
Bruce Bochy reiterated this point as well at Giants Fanfest on Saturday. Until the San Francisco Giants make more additions, then this is all talk. However, it is good that they are not content with their current outfield situation.
At least, the Giants are not trying to talk the roster up as a finished product. They still have work to do, and they will continue surveying the market to make additions.
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Farhan Zaidi has remained confident that the Giants will be able to add at least 2 more corner outfielders. With Spring Training right around the corner, players may bite at the next opportunity.
As games get underway, players know that they could sign with one team but still might be trying out for all 30 teams. This is why many players negotiate opt-out clauses in contract to pursue opportunities if their current team does not provide them with an opportunity.
As a result, the market around players with few offers should pick up in the next couple of weeks. The Giants should be able to execute their plan to add at least 2 more corner outfielders during this period. So, activity will likely pickup in what has been a mostly quiet offseason.
In addition to this, the Giants plan to add a backup catcher. Currently, Buster Posey and Aramis Garcia are the only catchers on the 40-man roster. They added Cameron Rupp and Rene Rivera, and Stephen Vogt to add to the competition. However, they do not seem content with the current contingent and are likely to add at least one more catcher. You can never have enough catchers during Spring Training.
The Giants have been unusually quiet this offseason, and most additions have been incremental improvements. Of course, activity has picked up with rumors surrounding Bryce Harper. The Giants feel as if they still have work to do, and will look to make additions to their roster. So, this is good news.