Where did Kevin Pillar rank among MLB center fielders in 2019?
The good: Kevin Pillar finished the season as the San Francisco Giants team leader in hits (157), doubles (37), RBI (87), runs scored (82) and steals (14), while tying for the team lead with a career-high 21 home runs.
The bad: His .287 on-base percentage ranked 132nd among 135 players who qualified for the batting title, ahead of only Orlando Arcia (.283), Rougned Odor (.283) and Randal Grichuk (.280).
So where does that leave the San Francisco Giants?
The 30-year-old Pillar will be eligible for arbitration for the final time in 2020, and after earning $5.8 million in 2019, his salary could exceed $8 million.
There’s at least a chance he will be non-tendered, despite his strong counting numbers offensively, given the leaguewide value placed on on-base percentage.
On the other hand, there’s no clear replacement for him in center field after a disappointing season from Steven Duggar.
Regardless, what to do with Kevin Pillar will be one of the first big decisions of the offseason for the San Francisco Giants.