The San Francisco Giants were prepared to give away their best prospects and take on most of Giancarlo Stanton’s money, and that still did not sway Stanton. The Miami Marlins, led by Derek Jeter, needed to get rid of their payroll, and with about 300 million still owed to Stanton, it made the most sense to get rid of Stanton.
For weeks, reports came out that the San Francisco Giants were frontrunners to get Stanton, mostly due to the fact that they can take on a bulk of Stanton’s contract and the prospects being offered back to the Marlins were very intriguing. It then came out that the Marlins would accept the Giants deal to send Stanton to San Francisco and would just need Stanton to accept the deal. Giancarlo Stanton said no to the St. Louis Cardinals, leading many to believe that the Giants were, in fact, going to get him.
The Marlins threatened Stanton to take a deal, or else he will stay a Marlin. Stanton called their bluff, as general manager Brian Cashman swooped in and grabbed Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton will join Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, as the New York Yankees have become a serious contender for a World Series title.
Now that Giancarlo Stanton will be in pinstripes, and the highly sought pitcher and outfielder from Japan, Shohei Ohtani, joined the Los Angeles Angels, the San Francisco Giants are running out of time and players. It also came out today that Marcell Ozuna, the other outfielder for the Miami Marlins, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.
The San Francisco Giants have several options to make a move, as outfield remains a priority, with third base still a position the Giants need to check out.
The Giants need a power-hitting outfielder and Jay Bruce could be that answer. At 30 years old, Bruce is a long-time veteran who can bring a good attitude, hitting, and decent fielding to a team who just needs more power. The Giants need a legitimate three or four hitter, and Bruce will be able to fill that need.
A career .250 hitter, the average is a problem, but considering Bruce has hit 20+ home runs in eight of his nine seasons, the Giants understand it’s a price they will have to take. Not to mention Bruce’s home runs will probably go down, but his doubles will go up. If the San Francisco Giants decide to get Jay Bruce, then they will have to try to either get another outfielder, which leads to the other possible outfielder.
The San Francisco Giants could also get Billy Hamilton. The young outfielder is still in his arbitration days, as he only made about 2.6 million last year. The contract aspect is good for San Francisco, as the Giants have been in need of a healthy, fast leadoff hitter who can track every ball down in center field of AT&T Park.
Stolen bases is a statistic the Giants will always be closest to last in the major leagues, but getting Hamilton can change that. Billy Hamilton has become a player who can get 50-60 stolen bases in one season. Putting a player like that at leadoff and in front of Joe Panik and Buster Posey, and the Giants look so much better for the 2018 season.
Everyone knows the threat Hamilton brings when he’s on base. The only problem with Hamilton is getting on base. A career .250 hitter is a problem in itself, but coming to AT&T Park can change that with triples alley and more room to find holes to get on base.
Just like Jay Bruce, it would be a good pickup to get Hamilton, but only if the Giants can get another bat. Getting both Jay Bruce and Billy Hamilton would make the Giants a much better team going into the 2018 season.
So far, the new ownership of the Miami Marlins have gotten rid of Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon. Though many people think this entire fire sale is a bit much, the amount of prospects was something Jeter and company could not say no to. Because the Marlins are starting from scratch, it then came out that they are willing to give up their third outfielder, Christian Yelich.
Any upgrade would be good for the San Francisco Giants, whether it is Jay Bruce, Billy Hamilton, Christian Yelich, or Andrew McCutchen. However, if the Giants want to compete in the National League West where the Dodgers will be very good and the Rockies and Diamondbacks are surging, then Christian Yelich would be a perfect fit for the black and orange.
Yelich’s contract is the most intriguing, as he is scheduled to make seven million this coming year, with the contract maxing out at 14 million in 2021. Just recently turning 26 years old, this makes sense from a contract standpoint. As for his statistics, in 2017, Yelich finished with a .282 average, 18 home runs, and 81 RBIs. Trying to get Yelich many chances at RBIs and to be able to cross home plate, it might be smart to put Yelich in the two slot, right before Buster Posey, and put Joe Panik at leadoff. Either way, Yelich can definitely hit leadoff and play center field.
The asking price for Yelich will be high, but considering the young age and how he is still getting better, and not to mention that center field is a much-needed position, the Giants should not hesitate for Christian Yelich. Being a left-handed batter, there can be expectations of lots of doubles and triples, with his speed and ability to drive the ball into the gaps.
Jay Bruce and Andrew McCutchen are older than Christian Yelich and Billy Hamilton, which should affect the recruitment of getting these players. Do the Giants want to get Yelich or Hamilton and have their outfielder for more than five years? Or do they want to get Bruce or McCutchen and have them for fewer years, while they build up their outfield prospects? Either way, the San Francisco Giants can’t go wrong, especially if they get a previous MVP like Andrew McCutchen.
At 31 years old, the Giants know who they will be getting. McCutchen is a career .290 hitter, has more than 200 home runs in his career, and is 275 RBIs away from 1,000 for his career. Since 2009, McCutchen has only been with one team, the Pittsburgh Pirates. This is his last year of his contract, in which he will make 14.5 million. The Pirates have been under the spotlight for possibly getting rid of McCutchen and pitcher Gerrit Cole. With his contract only being for one year, it would make sense that the Giants wouldn’t have to give up too much.
Billy Hamilton, Christian Yelich, and Andrew McCutchen are the bigger names that the San Francisco Giants may trade for. Jay Bruce is a free agent. Reports come out everyday of new names, but expect the Giants to invest their time and effort in getting either one of the players listed, or contacting the New York Yankees for some of their prospects, especially with the overloaded outfield now that Giancarlo Stanton is in New York. Players like Clint Frazier and Aaron Hicks would be very interesting for the Giants, particularly Frazier, who is only 23 years old.
Whatever name it is, expect the San Francisco Giants to get one player, possibly more, to get back into contention and make a playoff run in October.
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