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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Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /

Missed opportunities

With every offseason comes optimism about landing some high-profile names.

This year’s free-agent market included the likes of Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Josh Donaldson, Nick Castellanos, Marcell Ozuna, Zack Wheeler, Stephen Strasburg, Yasmani Grandal, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Didi Gregorius, and Mike Moustakas.

None of those players ended up in San Francisco.

The trade market also saw Mookie Betts and David Price dealt to the arch-rival Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 10. Starling Marte (PIT to ARI) and Corey Kluber (CLE to TEX) were among the other big names on the move via trade.

There were rumors that Nolan Arenado was going to be dealt by the Colorado Rockies before spring training began, but he has stayed put. The Cubs were also shopping Kris Bryant. The Giants already have a third baseman, but both of those players would have been substantial upgrades over an aging Evan Longoria.

These are just a few of the players the front office could have brought in to be more competitive in 2020. Had the Giants hit on just a few of these options they had available, they could have been in a much better spot heading into camp.

But at the end of the day, the focus is on the future and on rebuilding.