Reason George Springer Won’t Sign With The SF Giants:
2. Contract Demands/Market
This coming offseason had the potential to be a “nuclear winter” prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The impending CBA negotiations were already going to be a dark cloud over free agency and now that teams have the excuse of a year with limited revenues, we should expect things to get even bleaker for players.
With that said, Springer is unlikely to bear the brunt of the impact. Enough teams should be interested in his services that a multi-year deal worth at least $20 million a year will be on the table. For the Giants, they’ll have to ask themselves whether that’s where they’d like to dedicate their resources.
Money shouldn’t be an issue for the Giants, who reportedly remain in comfortable financial standing even after the pandemic. If they want to sign Springer, they’ll have the flexibility to outbid every team. The issue is opportunity cost.
While the other impending free-agent outfielders on the market are not a particularly strong group, teams are expected to be particularly aggressive non-tendering arbitration eligible players. Roger Munter at There R Giants mentioned Eddie Rosario as one intriguing name to watch. Looking further, players like Kyle Schwarber, Daniel Santana, and Tommy Pham could be interesting targets for the Giants as well if they want outfield depth without a large financial commitment.
The Giants situation obviously differs from the start of Zaidi’s tenure, but he’s consistently been far more aggressive in the lower tiers of free-agency than the top.