The first big decision of the offseason for the San Francisco Giants will be whether or not to tender a contract to Kevin Pillar. Ahead, three of our writers weigh in on the question.
Will Kevin Pillar be patrolling center field for the San Francisco Giants again in 2020?
That’s the question facing the front office as the offseason begins, and it’s not the no-brainer it might seem to be on the surface.
Acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last April, Pillar went on to lead the team in hits (157), doubles (37), home runs (21), RBI (87), runs scored (82) and steals (14).
However, those numbers came with a dismal .293 on-base percentage thanks to a 2.9 percent walk rate, and while he was still capable of the highlight-reel play, he was not the same dynamic defensive player from a metrics standpoint as in years past.
All told, he was worth 1.4 WAR, which was reasonable production on a $5.4 million salary.
Now he’s set for a significant salary spike to a projected $9.7 million in his final year of arbitration, and the Giants have to decide if that’s a price worth paying for a productive player with some clear flaws.
With limited in-house options, an outside replacement will likely need to be found if the team does cut ties with Pillar, so that adds another wrinkle to the equation.
Three of our writers weighed in with their take on what to do with Pillar.