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Giants: Five options to replace Brandon Belt if he’s traded

Nick San Miguel
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 28: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - AUGUST 28: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 28: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox hits a RBI double in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 28, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

Free-Agent Target: Jose Abreu

Jose Abreu may be a little bit of a pipe dream, but if the San Francisco Giants really want to make a splash at first base, Abreu is the best place to start.

He’s been a star since joining the Chicago White Sox in 2014, slugging 36 home runs and winning AL Rookie of the Year while finishing fourth in AL MVP voting and earning his first of three All-Star Game appearances.

A steady contributor throughout his six MLB seasons, you need to look no further than his 2019 season, when he hit .284/.330/.503 for a 119 OPS+ with 33 home runs and 123 RBI, to get excited about the prospect of him in a Giants uniform.

He won’t come cheap, but if the Giants are serious about adding power, then they should at least entertain the idea of targeting him this offseason.

The odds are low, but they have to be able to reign in a powerful free agent at some point right? Right?

All of this assumes Abreu doesn’t re-sign with the White Sox, which remains a distinct possibility.

So let’s assume the Giants don’t make a splashy free-agent signing, despite trading Belt. There are some in-house options capable of handling first base as well.

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