Despite being one of the top bidders, the SF Giants lost out on the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes. Now, the franchise seems to be losing momentum in the race for prized pitcher Yoshinobu Yamamoto. The club remains hopeful the tide can turn. However, many baseball fans and analysts in the Bay Area are asking the question: Are the SF Giants capable of landing a top-tier free agent?
Why Blake Snell is the key to a hyper-successful offseason for the SF Giants without Ohtani or Yamamoto
This question is fair, especially considering the club's recent misfortune with both Aaron "Arson" Judge and Carlos Correa. It is, however, bleak.
Perhaps there is a more positive question that those invested in the club should be asking. Namely, "Is there a path toward a successful offseason and 2024 postseason contention?"
Thankfully, it appears as though there is! The Giants may be recovering from losing #1 target Ohtani and bracing to receive bad news on #2 target Yamamoto. But this is an unusually staked free agent/trade market pool.
Several big names, both hitters and pitchers, are still on the trade block. And, more importantly, an offseason-defining free agent is still quietly awaiting to learn his fate: reigning NL Cy Young winner (and former AL Cy Young recipient) Blake Snell.
Would adding Snell make the Giants offseason a success? I say yes! Hold strong Giants fans! And don't lose hope. The club still has a path toward a hyper-succesful offseason.