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5 biggest regrets the Giants should have this offseason

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Former Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Former Giants outfielder Kevin Pillar. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /

Not bringing back Kevin Pillar

The Boston Red Sox just signed Kevin Pillar to a one-year, $4.25 million deal. The Giants did not want to pay Pillar $10 million in arbitration, but they could have gotten him for a discounted price.

If they non-tendered him but then began to negotiate, he almost certainly would have taken a one-year deal in the $6-7 million range, understanding that he would be the starting center fielder and knowing that he was a respected leader after winning the Willie Mac Award.

Now the Giants go into the season without a clear center fielder. If Zaidi didn’t want to pay Pillar the $10 million, that’s fine, but he still could have brought back a solid player who led the team in most major offensive categories last season.

Again, he chose uncertainty over a proven commodity. Maybe it will pay off in the long run, but it won’t make things any easier in 2020.

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