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SF Giants: Four Potential Free Agent Matches with Local Ties

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Chicago White Sox at RingCentral Coliseum on September 30, 2020 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 5-3. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Marcus Semien #10 of the Oakland Athletics bats during the game against the Chicago White Sox at RingCentral Coliseum on September 30, 2020 in Oakland, California. The Athletics defeated the White Sox 5-3. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)
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Jason Castro #11 of the San Diego Padres during a game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

SF Giants Local Fit: Jason Castro

After Buster Posey opted out of the 2020 season, the SF Giants depth was tested. Behind Posey, there could be more uncertainty than fans realize. If the National League doesn’t have the DH next season, the team will probably want top prospect Joey Bart to get at-bats at Triple-A.

If the Giants want Chadwick Tromp to get some more groominig in the minor leagues as well, The they could target a little more depth on the major league roster. Someone like Jason Castro would make a lot of sense.

Since debuting back in 2010, the Castro Valley-native has produced a .230/.312/.390 line (92 OPS+) with 88 home runs and 301 RBI. Despite not offering much offensive value, the Castro Valley native has been a popular target. After originally being drafted by the Houston Astros, the 33-year-old has played for the Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Angels, and San Diego Padres.

Any value Castro brings with his bat is a bonus as he is known for being a good backstop and pitch framer. These are the types of traits you normally want with a backup catcher. Plus, Castro would be a good complement to Posey as he bats from the left side.

Given that Castro will be in the market for a low value or non-guaranteed deal, he could be the type of pickup the Giants need to sure up their catching depth.

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