Ranking the Top 4 Utility Free Agents the SF Giants should Target

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The SF Giants rightfully enter the MLB offseasons in a prime position to make an offseason splash. After trying but failing to acquire superstars like Aaron Judge and Carlos Correa in recent years, the franchise would greatly benefit from a star power infusion in the form of someone like Shohei Ohtani, Blake Snell, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, or even Cody Bellinger.

Ranking the Top 4 Utility Free Agents the SF Giants should Target

While this glaring need for star power should undoubtedly be the Giants' top priority, the club also needs to address several other depth issues. Thankfully, signing the right utility player could fill the team's need for infield and outfield depth, and overall speed, in one swift motion. And, even more fortunately, four ideal targets are readily available in this year's free agency class.

4) Adalberto Mondesi, BOS

There is an alternate universe in which Adalberto Mondesi is one of the hottest free agents in the 2023 class. Flashback to a stretch from 2018-2022, when the former Royal was the league's most dangerous base stealer. Mondesi's blistering sprint speed allowed him to average 33 stolen bases during that three-year span, with his high mark being 43 in 2019. Add in a .244 career batting average and modest but solid power abilities, and the young SS was one of the most unique weapons in baseball.

However, injuries have derailed what was once a star-level career. A series of significant knee and shoulder injuries (highlighted by an ACL tear) have limited him to just 50 games over the past two seasons. While he is expected to be healthy by Opening Day 2024, his rash of serious injuries will likely scare many teams away.

It is difficult to gauge Mondesi's value and potential market. However, if the price is reasonable, he would be a great utility infielder for the San Fransisco Giants. While his primary position has been shortstop, he does have MLB experience at 2B (68 games), 3B (20 games), and DH (11).

His health is clearly a gamble. But, if he is able to recapture even a portion of his former glory, Mondesi would be an excellent bench infielder and pinch runner.