Who will be the SF Giants first baseman in 2022?
3. Free Agent Options
The Giants seem likely to focus their free-agent pursuits on a shortstop and starting pitching, but there are some enticing first basemen on the market as well who would be an upgrade over Brandon Belt. Among these are Anthony Rizzo and Freddie Freeman, both set to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.
Both will likely command a pretty penny wherever they end up landing, so the Giants may look elsewhere to fill the first baseman slot. They could pursue someone like Marwin Gonzalez who signed with the Red Sox for $3 million or maybe Danny Santana, who had a monster 2019 year for the Rangers but performed poorly when he was on the field last season.
I don’t anticipate the Giants pursuing the big names like Rizzo and Freeman in free agency. Instead, I see them signing a smaller name with a cheaper price tag if they wind up signing a first baseman at all.
No matter what direction the Giants choose to go, it will be a strange feeling to not know for sure who the starting first baseman will be next year. Next, we will take a look at who the starting catcher will be for the SF Giants in 2022.