San Francisco Giants: Grading the 2019-20 offseason

SF Giants pitcher Drew Smyly. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
SF Giants pitcher Drew Smyly. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images) /
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Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

Biggest additions

It was not the most glamorous offseason for the San Francisco Giants.

That said, even though the front office did not go out and grab any marquee free agents, they did make some notable additions on the free-agent and trade markets.

The biggest addition this offseason was shortstop prospect Will Wilson, who the team acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on Dec. 10. The trade also included the team taking on the contract of Zack Cozart, who was subsequently released by the team a month later.

On the free-agent market, the team made many low-risk additions. Pitchers Kevin Gausman, Drew Smyly, and Tyson Ross will help add depth to a young group of starters. Each of those pitchers was signed to team-friendly, one-year deals. Another nice addition in free agency was do-it-all infielder Wilmer Flores, who signed a two-year deal on Feb. 12.

The team also brought back a few familiar faces in Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence. Their respective careers are winding down, but they can still provide a veteran presence for what is expected to be a youthful group.

Billy Hamilton, Yolmer Sanchez, Darin Ruff, Jerry Blevins, Andrew Triggs, and Tyler Heineman were all signed to minor league deals as well. They could all make the club out of spring training, but if they don’t, expect them to join the team at some point in 2020.

The most notable waiver claim was Kean Wong, who had been in the Angels organization before being claimed by the Giants. He provides infield flexibility and some intriguing upside given his youth.

The coaching staff also got a makeover with Gabe Kapler hired as the new manager in November.

Overall, it was a busy offseason, even if there were no flashy additions made to the roster.