The San Francisco Giants are coming off a very disappointing finish to the 2023 season and entering an offseason with a lot at stake. They were able to replace Gabe Kapler at manager very quickly with the highly regarded Bob Melvin which should help, but this Giants roster needs a good bit of help and is about to lose several several guys to free agency.
While it is far from certain that all of San Francisco's free agents will actually end up leaving, several will have new teams in 2024. Where could they end up?
SF Giants Free Agent Predictions
The Giants are in a somewhat unique position to start the offseason in that they have four different guys in Michael Conforto (player), Ross Stripling (player), Sean Manaea (player), and Alex Cobb (club) with options for 2024. Stripling has already announced that he will opt in and Manaea seems like a lock to do so as well, but Conforto is more up in the air and Cobb's hip injury clouds his future in San Francisco. Let's take a look at the Giants' free agents and where they could end up.
Joc is the ultimate "vibes guy" and his performance in 2022 was strong enough for the Giants to extend the qualifying offer to before the 2023 season. Joc happily signed it, but then proceeded to put together a down season where he slashed .235/.348/.416 with just 15 homers in 121 games.
Pederson's free agency will be fascinating to watch as while it does seem clear that he will not be with the Giants in 2024, he should still be in demand as a DH. The Yankees are going to get mentioned given that Joc is a lefty bat that can feasibly play in the outfield, but one questions whether he would be down to deal with New York's clean cut culture. Our guess is that another AL East team, the Blue Jays, ends up being his new team as they could use a lefty DH with some power who is great for a clubhouse and Toronto looks like they will be in the thick of the playoff hunt yet again next season.
Prediction: Blue Jays - Two years, $28 million with incentives