The 81-81 SF Giants had a lot to improve on as they entered the 2022-2023 offseason. One of the oldest teams in the National League, the club had their eyes on some of the best available talent in the free agent pool, even landing Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa for what was undoubtedly the best times of Giants fans lives.
3 SF Giants offseason additions we should already be concerned about
Instead the Giants were left picking up scraps. After aiming at the very top of the free agent market, the club instead left with Roberto Pérez, Ross Stripling, Taylor Rogers, Luke Jackson, Mitch Haniger and Sean Manaea. This list is massively different compared to the one of FA targets.
So now the Giants remain one of the older clubs in the league. The position players on the Roster Resource depth chart have an average age of just under 31. The starting rotation: 32. The bullpen: 30.5. You get the gist.
To start the 2023 regular season, San Francisco is 2-2, right at .500, where they left off last year. This is a club that is always hit with some sky-high expectations, so the team will need to be better. Monday's huge win against the White Sox (in which the Giants hit seven home runs) is an excellent step in the right direction.
With the amount of new players coming in via free agency, there are sure to be some good and some not-so-good performances amongst the group.
Let's check out 3 offseason additions we are already concerned about.
1. OF Mitch Haniger
It's easy to pick on Haniger since he's alread on the injured list, but he's fair game for a list like this. The 32-year-old was signed to a surprising two-year, $28M contract (with a player option for a third season) by the Giants, which may be an overpay for someone who is so often hurt.
Haniger will be suiting up for his third big league team when he returns to the Giants lineup. He has appeared in just over 50 percent of games since he debuted, missing significant time with injuries in 2017, 2019 and 2022, not to mention missing the entirety of the COVID-shortened 2020 season while he recovered from numerous surgeries from the offseason prior.
This contract was a head-scratcher for the Giants from the start. Any club that was willing to give Haniger a multi-year pact in free agency had to know there would be huge risks. The fact that he is already missing time to start the year says a lot.
Haniger made it into four Spring Training games this year and did perform well in that time. In 10 at-bats, he had three hits, including two doubles and a run scored. Again, he's a solid player when he's healthy. He's just never healthy.
This contract just feels like dead weight on the Giants' payroll. In Haniger's absence, Blake Sabol, Michael Conforto and Mike Yastrzemski are going to adequately fill in, with Bryce Johnson, Joc Pederson, LaMonte Wade Jr. and Matt Beaty also on hand to spend some time in the grass as well.