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Giants free agency: Three power hitters to target this offseason

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 09: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals in his second at bat of the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in game five of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 09, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - OCTOBER 09: Marcell Ozuna #23 of the St. Louis Cardinals in his second at bat of the first inning against the Atlanta Braves in game five of the National League Division Series at SunTrust Park on October 09, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, ARIZONA – SEPTEMBER 01: Jedd Gyorko #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on September 01, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 4-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

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Jedd Gyorko is very much in the same camp as Mark Reynolds.

Both are coming off disappointing 2019 seasons, but both have proven that they can regularly hit the ball out of the park in the past.

Gyorko, 31, hit just .174/.248/.250 with two home runs in 101 plate appearances last season while playing for the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers. He dealt with back, calf and wrist injuries in 2019 and was limited to just 62 games as a result.

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If he can put those injuries behind him, he’s capable of being a productive player.

Gyorko slugged 30 home runs in his first season with the Cardinals in 2016, and he was a 2.0 WAR player as recently as 2018 when he filled a super-utility role and played all four infield spots.

At his best, he’s been a Donovan Solano type, only with legitimate power.

A versatile guy who can come off the bench and hit a dinger or get a big hit in a key situation can be a real difference-maker over the course of a season.

Farhan Zaidi understands as well as anyone that the offseason is not all about big-name acquisitions. Searching for diamonds in the rough is how he unearthed guys like Justin Turner, Chris Taylor, and Max Muncy during his time in the Los Angeles Dodgers front office.

Just look at what Howie Kendrick is doing for the Washington Nationals this postseason. He’s not the flashiest, youngest, or most powerful player, but he has been clutch and is a big reason why that the Nationals have a chance to win the World Series.

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In a dream world, Marcell Ozuna lands in San Francisco and is penciled into the middle of the batting order for the foreseeable future. Recent history says that probably won’t happen, though, so targeting players like Mark Reynolds and Jedd Gyorko may be the team’s best bet to add some power to the roster this offseason.

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