Why Blake Snell is the key to a hyper-successful offseason for the SF Giants without Ohtani or Yamamoto
An Added Bonus
The big-market Giants have the cash to throw at a second big-name free agent. However, should they land Snell instead of Yamamoto, they would have the added capital and financial flexibility to seriously round out the rest of their roster.
Cody Bellinger is the consensus top free-agent hitter remaining. SF would have a clear path toward adding both he and Snell. The club has also been linked to defensive 3B wizard Matt Chapman. There is no reason the franchise could not add him and Snell together.
The Giants are lacking an elite, middle-of-the-lineup, bat. Signing Snell alone would make their offseason a success. But how much better would it be if they added both the Cy Young winner and a top-tier free-agency hitter?
The gap between Snell and Yamamoto's projected deals would even open the door their the Giants to add a third big-name free agent. Can you imagine an offseason that included adding Snell, Bellinger/Chapman, and a player like Marcus Stroman, Rhys Hoskins, Jordan Montgomery, Josh Hader, etc? Now throw in recently signed Jung Hoo Lee and his elite hit tool and defense.
The offseason has been tough for the Giants thus far. However, do not lose hope that the club can rebound. The door is wide open for the franchise to build a contender, both for 2024 and beyond, even if they lose out on Yamamoto.