Reason George Springer Won’t Sign With The SF Giants:
3. Organizational Depth
Mauricio Dubón in centerfield, Mike Yastrzemski in right, and a platoon of Alex Dickerson and Austin Slater in left frankly feels like a pretty formidable outfield group already. Injuries can happen and Dickerson and Slater have a pretty extensive injury history, still, the Giants have even more depth already on the team.
While Darin Ruf is a terrible defender in left field, his bat can justify some playing time if Slater misses an extended period. Furthermore, Jaylin Davis is still just a year removed from his impressive Triple-A showing, and top prospect Heliot Ramos isn’t far from making his big-league debut either.
Prospect timelines shouldn’t have too large an impact on the Giants offseason decisionmaking. However, the team already has a number of players with team control and a solid big-league showing in the outfield. Signing Springer would displace Dickerson and Slater, which would be an upgrade, but probably isn’t worth the investment. Especially with a flood of outfield prospects throughout the team’s minor-league system.
Given the roster’s holes on the mound, signing Springer could be an interesting move in tandem with trades to balance out the rotation. Up to this point though, Zaidi hasn’t moved any major prospects and it’s not unforeseeable that he’s philosophically opposed to ever trading a potential controllable All-Star.
If some other major move isn’t in play, it’s hard to foresee the Giants signing Springer.