The Giants didn’t achieve touchdown the marquee free agent they sought when the offseason started, however they’ve added to their roster otherwise. They’ve unfold their cash round and given eight-figure ensures to 6 completely different gamers Michael Comfort, Mitch Haniger, Sean Manaea, Joc Pederson, Ross Stripling, Taylor Rogers and Luke Jackson. But they nonetheless have their sights set on additional upgrades, with Héctor Gómez of Z101 Digital reporting they’ve proven curiosity in catcher Gary Sanchez.
The stage of curiosity the membership has just isn’t recognized, nevertheless it makes loads of logical sense. The Giants solely have a pair of catchers on their 40-man roster in the meanwhile, as Austin Wynns was designated for project final week. The two remaining backstops are nonetheless Blake Sabola Rule 5 draftee with no main league expertise, and Joey Bart.
The latter was a second total decide in 2018 who has been ranked as one of many higher prospects within the sport, however he is but to completely cement himself within the large leagues. Through 408 plate appearances over the previous three seasons, he hit 11 residence runs however struck out at a 38% price. His batting line at the moment sits at .222/.294/.351 for a wRC+ of 84. He was additionally thought of a subpar defender and framer final yr, in line with Defensive Runs Saved and FanGraphs. Even if the Giants nonetheless imagine in Bart as their long-term resolution behind the plate, it is sensible that they’d think about a veteran different as a security internet for the short-term.
Sánchez, 30, earned a repute as a bat-first catcher when he hit 53 residence runs over 2016 and 2017. His batting line over that two-year stretch was .284/.354/.568 for a wRC+ of 143. He’s since cooled off on the plate, posting a 96 wRC+ within the 5 seasons since, together with an 89 in 2022. Despite that tepid platform yr on the plate, his earlier manufacturing ought to nonetheless result in some curiosity. It’s additionally potential he may get a lift from the upcoming defensive restrictions since he was shifted in additional than 70% of his appearances final yr, regardless of being right-handed. Sánchez has lengthy been thought of to be weaker on the defensive aspect of his sport, however he was truly ranked above common by each DRS and FanGraphs’ framing metric final yr.
The Giants have been fairly lively on the waiver wire lately, grabbing varied catchers and biking them via the roster all year long. Signing Sánchez could be a change in technique however an comprehensible one since he is arguably the highest catcher nonetheless obtainable in free company.
The membership additionally has curiosity in relievers Evan Marshallexperiences Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Marshall bounced across the league for a number of years however appeared to have a breakout with the White Sox in 2019 and 2020. Over these two seasons, the right-hander made 78 appearances with a 2.45 ERA. His 10.3% stroll price was definitely on the excessive aspect however he struck out 23.5% of batters confronted and acquired floor balls at a powerful clip of 52.3%.
Unfortunately, issues went sideways in 2021, together with his ERA leaping to five.60. He went to the injured listing in June with an elbow harm and finally underwent Tommy John surgical procedure in October. The Sox outrighted him off the roster at season’s finish and he missed the whole 2022 marketing campaign.
The membership’s curiosity in Marshall, who turns 33 in April, could be considerably akin to their signing of Luke Jackson. The latter pitcher underwent Tommy John in April of final yr and is not more likely to be prepared for Opening Day. Marshall can be getting back from TJS however must be additional alongside since he went below the knife about six months sooner than Jackson, though that is speculative and every harm rehab is exclusive. Regardless of his present standing, it appears the Giants have some curiosity in seeing if he can get again to that robust type he confirmed a number of years in the past.
Elsewhere in Giant information, Conforto supplied a well being replace to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle. The outfielder missed the whole 2022 season on account of a shoulder harm however is now wholesome sufficient that the Giants signed him to a two-year, $36MM assure. Conforto can choose out of the deal after the primary season however provided that he makes not less than 350 plate appearances this yr.
He tells Shea that he is beginning ramping up for 2023 and is already throwing from 200 toes. “It’s all going nice, knock on wooden,” Conforto says. “There have not been any setbacks. I acquired all my measurements at this time with the medical workforce, they usually’re happy with the best way all the pieces’s trying, strength-wise, swing-wise, working, all the pieces.”