The SF Giants have put together a fantastic 2023 campaign thus far, and after saving money by not landing Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa, along with their bright young core and future, they will no doubt be players in the free agent market this off-season.
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While fans will automatically correlate this to the once-in-a-lifetime Shohei Ohtani and his availability this off-season, they aren't the only ones, as MLB Insider Jon Heyman has now named San Francisco as one of three finalists to ink the two-way star to a long-term deal this off-season.
According to Heyman, Ohtani wants to compete for a World Series title, but wants to do so on the West Coast, and unsurprisingly, their main competitors will be the Los Angeles Angels and the fierce rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
Giants fans have been down this road before, as both Judge and Correa were meant to be Giants this off-season, as well as Ohtani's original arrival to Major League Baseball, but with a fantastic stadium, a great fan base and a very bright future, they are now firmly in play for one of the best baseball players the world has ever seen.
Trading for him this year is likely out of the question, as the Angels would request some combination of Kyle Harrison, Marco Luciano, Carson Whisenhunt, or Luis Matos. Right now, it appears the Giants could wait until the off-season and give themselves every chance to land Ohtani.
As for the team, they will look to finish 2023 strong, and with so many prospects expected to thrive over the next 18 months, if they can make a playoff push this year and sell the Japanese star on the future by the Bay, we could be looking at a fantastic winter for San Francisco.
With all that being said, the Giants are focused on the current season. They currently sit with a 45-36 overall record, which is good enough for third place in a tough NL West. However, they are in third place in the Wild Card standings.
The Giants hope that a playoff birth could help build their case to land the most unique player in baseball.