Three free-agent additions that the SF Giants must make for 2022
3. Joc Pederson
It’s time to bring some Joctober madness to the Bay Area. The thing is this idea is more practical than some think.
Pederson would be the perfect fit to replace Alex Dickerson who is more than likely not coming back next season. Another positive here is that he doesn’t just play the outfield. Pederson can also play some first base if needed, which can further add some flexibility to the lineup. This can be huge if the Giants bring back Brandon Belt. Not having his left-handed thump hurt them in the NLDS against the Dodgers.
Pederson’s bat will undoubtedly play in Oracle Park as well. His power is the type that will put balls in McCovey Cove and also lead to a good amount of triples. Pederson would be a great bat to have in the lineup come October, as we’ve seen over the last two seasons.
During the regular season, Pederson hit 18 home runs and drove in 61 runs while also hitting .238. It’s worth noting he was a bench bat once he arrived in Atlanta after being acquired at the trade deadline. It’s reasonable to think that his numbers would be better if he gets an everyday starting opportunity. Pederson could also be used as a DH at some points during the season if the universal DH is added next year.
To make matters even better, Pederson is from Palo Alto. It’s possible he may want to play for one of the local teams. Given the fact the A’s don’t like to spend too much on players, that just leaves the Giants.