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Five biggest questions facing the Giants this offseason

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on September 9, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Madison Bumgarner #40 of the San Francisco Giants delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Oracle Park on September 9, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)
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DENVER, CO – JULY 17: Mike Yastrzemski #5 of the San Francisco Giants watches the flight of a fifth-inning double against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 17, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Who will be the starting outfielders?

Last season, the San Francisco Giants trotted out an Opening Day outfield of Michael Reed, Steven Duggar and Connor Joe.

The outfield situation has come a long way since that fateful day, but things are still far from set in stone heading into 2020.

Rookie Mike Yastrzemski has played his way into an everyday role at one of the corner spots after posting a 123 OPS+ with 22 doubles and 21 home runs in a 2.8 WAR debut.

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A healthy Alex Dickerson figures to at least have a platoon role against right-handed pitching, though banking on him to stay healthy for a full season given his track record would be a significant risk.

Kevin Pillar will be back in center field unless the team decides to non-tender him rather than paying him a projected $9.7 million in his final year of arbitration. It’s far from a foregone conclusion that he will return, at least at that price.

Duggar, Joey Rickard, Jaylin Davis and Austin Slater will also be in the mix for a roster spot and playing time on the grass.

At the same time, if the front office is serious about adding more power this offseason, signing a corner outfielder looks like the most obvious way to do it.

Nicholas Castellanos and Marcell Ozuna are the top free-agent options, while guys like Kole Calhoun, Avisail Garcia and Corey Dickerson could represent cheaper alternatives.

The outfield situation might not be as dire as it was a year ago, but it’s similarly unsettled.

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So there you have it, the five biggest questions facing the San Francisco Giants this offseason. How will it all play out?

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