The MLB offseason is underway and the full picture of this year’s free-agent class is now clear. Who could the San Francisco Giants target?
Hot stove season is upon us and a busy offseason awaits all 30 MLB teams, including the San Francisco Giants as they look to take a step forward after three straight losing seasons.
Whether they decide to aggressively pursue some of the market’s premier players or opt instead to operate on the margins looking for value and incremental improvements, there will almost certainly be at least a few new faces on the San Francisco roster when Opening Day arrives.
While we’ve already spent the better part of a month exploring potential fits, now is the perfect time to take a step back and look at a full overview of this year’s free-agent class.
After a busy few days of club options being declined and teams cutting ties with players to free up 40-man roster spots, a more clear picture of this year’s crop of available players is now available.
So before we continue on with rumors and speculation, let’s first take a look at who all is searching for a new home this winter.
The shopping list for the San Francisco Giants figures to include:
- Multiple starting pitchers
- Multiple relief pitchers
- Power-hitting corner outfielder
- Middle infield depth
- Backup catcher
The potential departure of their own free agents—Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Pablo Sandoval, Stephen Vogt and Fernando Abad—has created some of those needs, while others like the power bat are long-standing.
So before the free agency dominos start to fall, we’ve put together a position-by-position look at which players are available this winter. Along with each positional list is a quick rundown of where things stand at that position for the Giants as well as who, if anyone, they might target.
Let’s get started.