Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi met with the media yesterday and addressed a big selection of matters. In addition to downplaying the membership’s want for catching assist, he touched on a couple of of the staff’s free agent selections.
Nothing has loomed bigger for the group over the previous few weeks than the take care of Carlos Correa that fell by means of. Correa’s camp shortly pivoted to the Mets after the Giants expressed considerations concerning the star shortstop’s physicality and backed out of their $350MM settlement. Of course, New York’s medical doctors expressed comparable considerations and Correa’s $315MM take care of the Mets additionally fell aside.
Zaidi indicated that San Francisco briefly touched base with Correa’s camp after his bodily with the Mets was flagged (hyperlink by way of Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area). The Giants’ baseball ops chief indicated Correa wasn’t a lot fascinated by reopening discussions with San Francisco on the time, saying that Correa’s group “had different issues they had been extra targeted on.” Zaidi had expressed one thing comparable a pair weeks again, indicating the staff was unlikely to get deeply concerned once more with the Boras Corporation then targeted on hammering out a take care of the Mets. That by no means got here to fruition and Correa finally returned to the Twins on a six-year, $200MM assure.
While the Giants’ offseason is basically outlined by close to misses Aaron Judge and Correa, San Francisco actually wasn’t inactive. They got here up brief on the star participant they’d been searching for however introduced in numerous high quality regulars and function gamers. That was very true within the outfield, the place Joc Pederson returned by way of the qualifying supply and Mitch Haniger and Michael Comfort signed multi-year free agent offers.
That solidified the outfield, with Haniger and Conforto anticipated to flank Mike Yastrzemski p Austin Slater on most days. Pederson would be the major designated hitter if everybody’s wholesome. LaMonte Wade Jr. has gotten an honest quantity of nook outfield run over the previous couple seasons however now seems set to man first base, no less than because the sturdy facet of a platoon association.
Wade, a left-handed hitter, owns a .235/.318/.434 line over 632 plate appearances because the Giants acquired him from the Twins over the 2020-21 offseason. He’s been horrible in 75 seems towards left-handed pitching (.119/.178/.149) however has a high quality .251/.336/.473 line with 26 dwelling runs and 22 doubles in 557 journeys whereas holding the platoon benefit. That makes him a logical accomplice for right-handed hitters like Wilmer Flores, JD Davis and David Villarevery of whom may rotate by means of the nook infield.
A want to lean on Wade at first base performed into San Francisco’s choice to look at Brandon Belt be part of the Blue Jays in free company, Zaidi indicted (Pavlovic hyperlink). Zaidi prompt the staff stayed in contact with Belt however didn’t specify whether or not the membership made an official supply. After elements of 12 seasons in San Francisco, the veteran first baseman joined the Jays on a $9.3MM deal earlier this week.
One free agent whom San Francisco signed is a reliever Luke Jackson. The longtime Braves righty didn’t pitch in 2022 because of an April Tommy John surgical procedure. It marked a tough platform yr however San Francisco nonetheless added him on a two-year, $11.5MM assure. With the everyday Tommy John rehab taking roughly 14 months, Jackson is not anticipated to be prepared for the beginning of subsequent season. Zaidi acknowledged he may open the yr on the 60-day injured record, which might hold him out of motion till no less than late May (hyperlink by way of Evan Webeck of the San Jose Mercury News). That’s not suggestive of any form of setback, as Zaidi mentioned Jackson is “doing nice in his rehab.”