Ranking the Top 4 Utility Free Agents the SF Giants should Target
1) Amed Rosario, LAD
It's an ironic progression. Of the players highlighted in this article, Turner is the superior hitter. IKF features the best glove, and Mondesi is the top baserunner. However, Amed Rosario is the best overall combination of each of these skills.
As a hitter, the former Dodgers infielder has proven to be a steady hitter. He is a career .272 batter that features modest power (12 homers per 162 games) and solid speed (19 steals per 162 games). While neither of these totals is earth-shattering, it does feel as though the 27-year-old still has room to develop in both areas.
Additionally, Rosario has the ability to slide from shortstop (752 career games), 2B (36), and outfield (25). While his glove is inconsistent, one cannot help by wonder if a very deep SF Giants' coaching staff could help the former top prospect recapture some of his once-elite potential.
I would not trust Rosario as an everyday starter on a team with legitimate postseason expectations. However, as a utility bat and first player off the bench, Rosario features the positional flexibility, speed, youth, and upside that checks all the boxes for San Fransisco.
With a projected annual market value of just $6.3 million per season, he is a worthy candidate to join the SF Giants in 2024 and beyond.