3. Josh Bell
With the SF Giants letting Brandon Belt go in free agency, they leave a hole at first base. They will likely fill that hole with a combination of LaMonte Wade Jr., J.D. Davis, and Wilmer Flores. But they could have signed a solid everyday first baseman in the form of Josh Bell.
Bell has been a solid player for the Pirates and the Nationals, and was traded to the Padres last year. He struggled mightily as a member of the Padres, but that may be an outlier on an otherwise solid career.
Bell is a switch-hitter who can hit well from both sides of the plate. He would have provided stability at first base which, as Mike Krukow recently noted, is not something that should be underappreciated, especially after the at-times shaky infield defense last year.
Instead, the Giants will rely on something of a hodgepodge at both corner infield positions next season. Let's hope it works, but it may have been worth investing in a longer-term option at at least one corner spot going forward.
Those are three players the Giants should have gone after in freeagency to bolster the roster. Overall, despite all the drama, confusion, and heartbreak, they still had a pretty productive offseason. We shall see if it results in the team getting back to the postseason in 2023.