Aside from the biggest names on the free-agent market, the SF Giants will be looking to upgrade the edges of their roster. Three under-the-radar players should be top targets.
Now that the non-tender deadline has passed, the MLB free-agent market has likely taken its final form. While a few players will surely be designated for assignment and released over the coming months, none should be expected to command more than a minor-league contract. Now that the SF Giants know all the names on the market, there’s reason to believe their roster could come into shape soon.
In the past week alone, the team has been connected to free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna and has been named as one of the most aggressive teams thus far in pursuit of starting pitchers. However, while fans are always clamoring for big names, the way the Giants front office handles their roster’s edges will be critical in determining whether they can contend next season.
With the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Diego Padres the clear favorites in the National League West, the Giants will need more than a couple of big upgrades to catch up to two of the best teams in baseball. Both organizations have built strong rosters from top to bottom. If San Francisco wants to be in the same conversation with them, they’ll have to make up for it in other ways as well.
Of course, finding an under-the-radar player ready to make major contributions is easier said than done. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi found a way to do it last offseason with Wilmer Flores and will be looking to do it again. From diving into non-tenders and players already on the free-agent market, here are three names that seem like top targets.