5 Realistic free agents the SF Giants should target this winter
Realistic target #2: Harrison Bader
Many Giants fans may recognize Harrison Bader from his days with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2023 he struggled as a member of the Yankees and the Reds at the plate.
But Bader still brings a gold glove-caliber defense with him which is something sorely needed in the Giants outfield. If the Giants were to add Bader and Chapman they would be instantly upgrading a defense that definitely had some soft spots.
Bader does not bring a ton with the bat, but he is an energetic player who once penned a handwritten letter to Hunter Pence while he played against him in the big leagues. He would be a solid and realistic addition to the team.
Realistic Free agent #3: Sonny Gray
Yet another player who has ties to new SF Giants manager Bob Melvin, Sonny Gray makes a lot of sense as a target for the SF Giants.
Starting his career with the Oakland A’s in 2013, gray has had a solid career as a starting pitcher. Last year with the Minnesota twins he has an 8-8 record with a 2.79 ERA in 32 starts.
Of course, it should be noted that Gray could accept a qualifying offer from the Twins. But given he had such a solid season it is definitely possible that he could test free agency and see if he could get a big multi-year deal.
With the recent injury news about Alex Cobb and the fact that Sean Manaea has opted out of his deal, Gray would be a very important stabilizing force in a rotation that for much of last year was just Logan Webb and Cobb followed by a hodgepodge of openers and bulk relief appearances.
The Melvin connection likely helps as he was Gray's big-league manager for his entire tenure in Oakland. So, if Gray rejects the qualifying offer then there is a good chance we could see him in orange and black next season.