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SF Giants: Three Right-Handed Power Hitting Targets

Nick San Miguel
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Adam Duvall #23 of the Atlanta Braves injures himself while hitting a foul ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning in Game One of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 12, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12: Adam Duvall #23 of the Atlanta Braves injures himself while hitting a foul ball against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning in Game One of the National League Championship Series at Globe Life Field on October 12, 2020 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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SF Giants, Adam Duvall
HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 07: Adam Duvall #23 of Atlanta hits a single during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins in Game Two of the National League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 07, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

3 SF Giants Right-Handed Power Hitting Targets
1. Adam Duvall

Giants fans do not need reminding that Adam Duvall was drafted by the organization back in 2010. Since they traded him in 2015, he emerged as a young, power hitting, right-handed left fielder; basically exactly what the Giants were missing.

Duvall debuted with the Giants in 2014, hitting a home run in his first MLB game against pitcher Mike Leake. In a bit of irony, the Giants traded Duvall to the Reds in exchange for Leake the following year. It almost immediately seemed as if the Giants had made a severe error in giving him up for Leake who wound up being a pretty ineffectual rental.

Duvall set the world on fire in 2016 and 2017. In 2016 he hit .241/.297/.498 with 33 home runs and 103 RBI. Those numbers earned him an All-Star nod that season. In 2017 he hit .249/.301/.480 with 31 homers and 99 RBI.

In 2018, though, in the middle of another solid year with the Reds, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves prior to the trade deadline. He struggled mightily with Atlanta and only appeared in 41 games total in 2019. He did manage to turn things around in 2020 though, hitting .237/.301/.532 with 16 home runs and 33 RBI in the shortened season.

Duvall is projected to earn a contract in the $5-7 million range this offseason. That may be more than the Giants are willing to dish out for a 32 year old player. However, the NL West was already stacked with left-handed starters like Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, and Kyle Freeland before the Padres acquired Blake Snell.

While Duvall is a more expensive right-handed power bat, he could help the team in the outfield and infield picture, with extensive experience at third base and left field. Still, if the Giants are looking for a cheaper option, and Duvall were looking for more consistent playing time, here are some cheaper alternatives.

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