Now That the Drama Is Over, It’s Time the San Francisco Giants get a RF
Now that the drama Is over it is time for the San Francisco Giants to get a right fielder. Lost in all the Bryce Harper drama was that, although he had played right field for the Washington Nationals, his defense suffered there last year so he was perhaps never really capable of playing in the very difficult to play Oracle Park right field in the first place.
Now it is one thing to spend 300 million plus on a need but quite another to spend 300 million plus without a clear idea said need will be met. And clearly the need of the San Francisco Giants is for someone who can play good defense in the very difficult to play Oracle Park right field and also thrive there as a hitter.
The San Francisco Giants have a bunch of guys they can run out into left field because left field in general does not require a great arm and left field in Oracle Park is clearly the easiest of all of the outfield positions to play.
The San Francisco Giants also have a plan for center field that features Steven Duggar as the starter with Drew Ferguson as a backup and veterans Cameron Maybin and Craig Gentry in the wings.
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Yet when it comes to right field Austin Slater and Gerardo Parra seem to be the plan and, in all honesty, that plan simply does not seem to be a very good one.
So, clearly, the San Francisco Giants do not have an outfield problem as much as they have a right field problem and it is a problem that very badly needs to get solved.
And, as I do not think a Carlos Gonzalas or Adam Jones free agent signing is really going to solve things, it would seem a trade is in order.
So let us ask ourselves what team has a surplus of outfielders, is thin on pitching depth, and has a special connection with Farhan Zaidi?
The Oakland A’s are clearly that team and could certainly benefit from veteran relievers like Will Smith and Tony Watson and/or a young starter like Tyler Beede (all of which are available because of the depth the Giants have added to their pitching staff this off-season).
Among the A’s young outfielders there is a young man with a fine personal character, National League experience, the ability to play right field well, and a right handed power bat that would work well at Oracle Park. His name is Stephen Piscotty. Last year he hit .267 with 27 home runs and 88 runs batted in for the Oakland A’s. He is still only 28 and has had similar seasons for the Saint Louis Cardinals in the National League.
The addition of Stephen Piscotty to the San Francisco Giants would fill their need in right field and improve both their offense and defense. The A’s I am sure would be reluctant to part with him, yet they well know their need for pitching depth such a deal could bring.
Now that the drama Is over it is time for the San Francisco Giants to get a right fielder, and Stephen Piscotty would be a really good right fielder for them to go get.