Giants: Three imperfect outfield targets that would add power
By Jeff Young
After Kevin Pillar and Joey Rickard were non-tendered, the San Francisco Giants now have some holes to fill in the outfield. The need for more power also remains.
The San Francisco Giants currently have Mike Yastrzemski penciled in as one of the starting outfield spots. Alex Dickerson could potentially hold down one of the corner outfield spots, but the Giants will likely be looking to add at least one more corner outfielder after Kevin Pillar and Joey Rickard were both non-tendered.
Without Pillar, Yastrzemski could spend considerable time in center field along with some of the team’s other younger outfield options, including Steven Duggar.
To that point, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com offered up the following:
If the Giants decide to scour free agency for corner outfield help, then Marcell Ozuna, Yasiel Puig, and Avisail Garcia seem like good fits due to their right-handed bats and outfield experience.
However, the Giants could look at some imperfect fits as well.
Team president Farhan Zaidi has stated that he wants to add more power to the lineup, and there are ways to do that without adding a player who is a perfect piece to the puzzle.
With Yastrzemski and Dickerson in the outfield, the Giants already have two players who hit from the left side of the plate. As a result, adding another left-handed bat does not seem like the best option, but it could still be one avenue for adding more power.
In addition to the offensive side of things, Oracle Park’s expansive outfield territory requires players with good instincts and range who can cover significant ground. However, the Giants may be able to hide a power hitter in left field, if they pair that player with strong gloves in both center field and right field.
There are several free agents who fit the description of this potentially imperfect power-hitting addition.
Ahead we’ll take a closer look at Nicholas Castellanos, Corey Dickerson, and Kole Calhoun, and how they would fit on the San Francisco Giants roster.