3 outfielders the SF Giants should target if they miss out on Aaron Judge
2. Kevin Kiermaier
Given last season's defensive struggles for the SF Giants, signing center fielder Kevin Kiermier could be a wise move to shore up the defense in the outfield.
After the Giants traded away Mauricio Dubon and Steven Duggar last season, they were left without a pure defensive center fielder. Both Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater have shown that they can be serviceable in that role, but the Giants still do not have a strong defensive center fielder on the roster.
Kiermaier has spent his entire big league career with the Rays. He has never put up gaudy power numbers, but he has won a Gold Glove and has decent speed.
Kiermaier would ideally not be an everyday starter with the team. Instead, he could start here and there based on match ups and be a late inning defensive replacement for someone like Joc Pederson to shore up the defense.
Whether or not the Giants sign Aaron Judge, they need to get back to doing the small things well in 2023 if they want to be a contending team. Signing someone like Kiermaier can allow them to do that on defense.