The news over the weekend was very disheartening for the San Francisco Giants and their fans as Shohei Ohtani decided to not sign with the Giants. Worse than that, he decided to go to the Dodgers of all teams on a huge 10 year, $700 million that includes a bunch of deferred money. Ohtani went from an exciting possibility to a worst case scenario for San Francisco very quickly.
As Ohtani's free agency went on, it did feel as though the Giants' chances of landing him got less and less. While many fans hoped that San Fran not being mentioned as favorites to sign him very much was a function of how secretive Ohtani's free agency was, but all of the chatter about the Blue Jays and Dodgers was illustrative that the Giants' chances weren't the greatest bits of news in terms of keeping the dream alive.
However, none of that changes the fact that the Giants should figure to be big players the rest of the offseason even though they missed out on Ohtani. The only question is what moves will they try to make now that paying Shohei is no longer on the table.
Here are 3 moves need to make now that the Winter Meetings are over
To be abundantly clear, if the Giants don't add at least one star level player this offseason, it is an unforgivable failure that should probably cost Farhan Zaidi his job. Having the amount of payroll flexibility San Francisco has and real needs on the roster and continuing to miss out on top talent is inexcusable. No team gets every guy they want, but multiple offseasons of failing to get the job done is nothing short of ineptitude.
Fortunately, there is still plenty of time and plenty of players available that fit the bill, so here are the moves the Giants need to make after missing out on Ohtani.