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San Francisco Giants state of the position: Center field

Nick San Miguel
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates their victory during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre on April 23, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - APRIL 23: Kevin Pillar #1 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates their victory during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays Rogers Centre on April 23, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /
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PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 07: Starling Marte #6 of the Pittsburgh Pirates signs autographs before the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at PNC Park on September 7, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /

If the San Francisco Giants decide to non-tender Kevin Pillar and don’t want to rush Heliot Ramos to the majors, they could be in the market for an outside addition at the position.

Starling Marte of the Pittsburgh Pirates is probably the best center fielder available this offseason, assuming he does in fact hit the trade block as expected.

The 31-year-old had another terrific season in 2019, hitting .295/.342/.503 with 23 home runs and 25 steals for his second straight 20/20 season.

He’s under team control for two more seasons by way of an $11.5 million club option in 2020 and a $12.5 million club option in 2021, so adding him to the mix would mean parting with some prospects from the farm system.

If that’s not an avenue the Giants are ready to explore, there are also some viable options on the free-agent market.

Cameron Maybin put together his best season in years with the New York Yankees, hitting .285/.364/.494 with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and nine steals in 82 games. The 32-year-old could be a good fit if he’s willing to accept a short-term deal.

Meanwhile, speedsters Billy Hamilton and Jarrod Dyson are both capable of wreaking havoc on the bases while also providing above-average defense. However, they profile better as fourth outfielders than everyday options.

Again, it will all come down to what they decide to do with regard to Pillar’s final year of arbitration.

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