Ranking the top 3 center fielders the SF Giants could sign in free agency

Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier
Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier / Mark Blinch/GettyImages
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2. Kevin Kiermaier

Kevin Kiermaier's long-standing reputation as the best defensive center fielder in baseball is well earned, and that may be an understatement. He's a four-time Gold Glover, having won his fourth this year, and a Platinum Glover in 2015. He's a walking, talking highlights reel, with clips that show off everything from his speed to his insane reads on fly balls to his arm strength in center. It only makes sense that he's on this list. He could've been the most sought-after center fielder in this year's free agent pool if it weren't for the player ranked No. 1 on this list, who you might've already guessed.

Kiermaier doesn't bring much in the way of power; in 2023, he put up some of his best offensive numbers in years (.265/.322/.419), but he still only batted in 36 runners and never cracked sixth in the Blue Jays' lineup. The bulk of his value comes from his defensive capabilities, which he clearly still possesses a great deal of, and he could be a great one or two year sign — MLB Trade Rumors predicts $26 million for two years. His bat and his age might be causes for minor concern, but he's still one of the best available options for center fielders on the free agent market.