SF Giants reportedly add pair of intriguing outfielders after Jung Hoo Lee injury

The Giants have reportedly added two outfielders after a number of injuries.
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The SF Giants received bad news on Friday as it became official that Jung Hoo Lee will miss the rest of 2024. The Giants reportedly signed a pair of intriguing outfielders, Jerar Encarnación and Ryan McKenna, to address their outfield depth issues.

SF Giants reportedly add pair of intriguing outfielders after Jung Hoo Lee injury

The Giants have plenty of injuries all over the roster right now, but there are several when it comes to outfielders. Jung Hoo Lee is out for the year with a shoulder injury, Michael Conforto is injured, and Austin Slater is out with a concussion.

Thankfully in their stead, both Luis Matos and Heliot Ramos have stepped up and played well. Both young players have provided a spark for the team on offense and have driven in runs in clutch spots with regularity.

However, there are still depth issues for the team in the outfield at the major league and minor league levels. That is why it makes a lot of sense that the Giants have reportedly signed these two outfielders.

The Encarnación signing is not official yet as it appears he needs to take a physical and get a work visa. Encarnación has been tearing it up in the Mexican League this season, slashing .366/.439/.989 with 19 home runs and 36 RBI in 26 games. This reported deal is a minor league one so it seems the Giants would send him to Triple-A to see if that hot bat translates to the States.

The Ryan McKenna deal is official as it is on the team's official transaction log. The 27-year-old right-handed outfielder was claimed off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. McKenna has been a big-leaguer since 2021. In his career he has hit for an average of .224 with 8 home runs and 45 RBI. in 455 at-bats. Those numbers do not fly off the page, but he could be a decent depth piece for the team.

Right now, the Giants must continue to ride the hot hands of Matos and Ramos but the McKenna signing and the reported Encarnación signing add some much needed depth to a team ravaged by injuries.