Ranking the 6 SF Giants from the 2023 season who are still available in free agency
1. Brandon Crawford
The best shortstop in franchise history, the SF Giants gave Brandon Crawford an emotional and well-deserved send-off at the end of last season. While he struggled to stay healthy and was not as productive on the field in 2022 and 2023, it was still a delight to watch Crawford play for his hometown team.
Last season, Crawford slashed .194/.273/.314 with 7 home runs and 38 RBI. He was only able to play in 93 games due to injury. In 2024, the Giants have made clear that they plan to give the young prospect Marco Luciano a shot to be the starting shortstop.
As for Crawford, he has said it is his desire to play in 2024. It is not clear whether he will get that chance, but he could get an opportunity on a team with a young shortstop who would benefit from a veteran who played the position at a high level.
No matter what, Crawford was a Great Giant and will always be remembered fondly in the Bay Area.
2. Jakob Junis
SF Giants long relief man Jakob Junis was solid in his two years as a Giant. He was able to be pretty versatile for the Giants, serving as a starter, a bulk inning reliever, and even as a leverage reliever if other arms needed rest.
Last season he recorded an ERA of 3.87 in 86 innings pitched. His WHIP was a respectable 1.291 and he had a solid strikeout rate of 10 K's per nine innings.
A reunion is unlikely with the Giants since they will likely have someone like Tristan Beck or Keaton Winn serve in a role similar to Junis to start the year while Alex Cobb and Robbie Ray come back from injury. But a team may still sign Junis to be a reliable bulk inning reliever.