SF Giants Local Fit: Daniel Descalso
The last couple of seasons have not gone as planned for Daniel Descalso, After signing a two-year, $4 million pact with the Chicago Cubs, the switch-hitter posted a .521 OPS in just 194 total plate appearances during the life of the contract.
Descalso did not even appear with the Cubs in 2020 as he battled a bad ankle sprain. The Cubs bought out the remaining year of his deal as he struggled to stay healthy and be productive.
Over the years, Desclaso has proven to be an extremely versatile player as he has appeared at every position but center field and catcher. Though, I would be willing to bet good money that he has caught a bullpen or two at some point in his career.
On top of this, he strings together very gritty at-bats. In ten seasons, he has posted a 10.5 percent walk rate against a 20.7 percent strikeout rate. So, he has the patience and plate discipline that Farhan Zaidi covets.
These are the types of players that can put together very long careers.
Given that he missed the entire 2020 season and struggled in 2019, the 32-year-old will likely be in the market for a minor league deal. Growing up in Redwood City, California, he might be like the Giants to give him a chance to return home.
There are plenty of free agents with local ties, and as the offseason plays out, more could become fits for the Giants. Stay tuned to Around the Foghorn for all of the latest news, rumors, and speculation throughout this chaotic offseason.