The San Francisco Giants will have a lot of big decisions to make this offseason, starting with whether to pursue a reunion with their own free agents.
A strong case can be made that longtime ace Madison Bumgarner and All-Star closer Will Smith were the two best pitchers on the San Francisco Giants pitching staff during the 2019 season.
Now they are both set to hit the open market.
Those two are not the only free agents the team stands to lose this winter, though. Here is a full list of the players set to walk:
- SP Madison Bumgarner
- RP Will Smith
- RP Tony Watson
- C Stephen Vogt
- RP Fernando Abad
- 1B/3B Pablo Sandoval
With the team building toward the future, it’s fair to wonder whether any of those players will be back in a San Francisco Giants uniform in 2020.
While age and fit on the roster will no doubt play a role, the deciding factor could wind up being how much each of those players will cost.
The free-agent market has been tough to gauge in recent years, so guessing how much a player is going to wind up earning could prove to be a fool’s errand.
However, that is exactly what we are going to attempt to do here.
Ahead you’ll find salary predictions for each of those six players, along with some context based on comparable players, recent free-agent signings and recent performance.
Free agency is now right around the corner, and the San Francisco Giants could see some major changes to their roster between now and Opening Day.