SF Giants’ brass has said they still would like to add a left-handed hitter this offseason. Nick San Miguel finds three potential under-the-radar targets.
The SF Giants have a number of needs they are seeking to address this offseason. President of baseball operations, Farhan Zaidi, has said that even as the team looks to upgrade their starting rotation and bullpen, they would like to add a left-handed bench bat. While the team has suggested that Jason Vosler could be the answer, it’s fair to wonder if they would like a more proven option.
The Giants have a number of proven left-handed bats on the roster like Mike Yastrzemski, Brandon Belt, Alex Dickerson, and Brandon Crawford. However, all, with the exception of Dickerson, are everyday players unlikely to be platooned consistently. On their bench, the Giants have right-handed hitters like Wilmer Flores and Darin Ruf available to fill in where necessary.
To give manager Gabe Kapler some more balanced flexibility the Giants could pursue several left-handed power bats who could start for the team or come off the bench in a late-inning situation where a home run could change the dynamic of the game.
If the early activity of the Giants offseason is any indication, the Giants are not intent on making any splashy signings. Instead, they are operating on Zaidi’s standard modus operandi since he has been with the Giants by acquiring strategic role players who may not electrify the fanbase but will assist the team in key spots.
Let’s take a look at three power-hitting left-handed hitters who may not have the flashiest names, but have proven big-league track records, and could still play an important strategic role for the Giants in the 2021 season.