SF Giants: Five New Free-Agent Targets To Watch

By Marc Delucchi
Mike Leake during his tenure with the SF Giants. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Mike Leake during his tenure with the SF Giants. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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SF Giants, Kevin Gausman
The SF Giants will have to replace free agents like starting pitcher Kevin Gausman this offseason. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) /

Teams declined club options for several players around the league, making them free agents. Here are five names that could become targets for the SF Giants.

With the MLB offseason officially underway, organizations and players must decide whether to exercise options or enact opt-outs in their contracts. As the moves trickle in over the next few days, the decisions will infuse more talent into an already deep free-agent class for the SF Giants to look at.

This offseason is going to be one of the worst for MLB players in recent history. An impending CBA negotiation between the league and players will be the ugliest since the 1994-95 strike. Following years of declining player shares of revenues and a contentious negotiation to return to play following the COVID-19 pandemic, labor-ownership relations are easily at the lowest point of the 21st century.

The significant revenue losses from the 2020 season have proven to be the ideal justification for ownerships to entrench their positions entering the final year of the current CBA. In the last few weeks alone, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has already been unwilling to concede the designated hitter in both leagues and has been adamant that the league has a debt problem.

Manfred, of course, is aware of the impending wasteland that awaits most free agents this offseason. When dozens of everyday players struggle to find guaranteed or multi-year contracts, it’s a bad look for the league; the commissioner is trying to create a pro-ownership narrative before that happens.

Since many options have already been declined, several more players are free agents. Five players from that group standout as potential SF Giants targets.