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3 Players the Giants Need to Sign When Free Agency Opens on Thursday

Larry Rupp
Three players the San Francisco Giants need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday.
Three players the San Francisco Giants need to sign when free agency opens on Thursday. / AP Photos/David Zalubowski

There's no denying that the San Francisco Giants failed to live up to expectations in 2022. Just one season after winning 107 games, manager Gabe Kapler's team missed the MLB Playoffs entirely with a pedestrian 81-81 record. The 2023 season comes with an opportunity to bounce back in a big way.

San Francisco's roster is mixed with young studs and proven veterans, but there are still a few weak spots. Upgrading at those spots with free agent additions should be the front office's top priority right now. With that being said, here's a look at three players the Giants need to sign in free agency.

San Francisco Giants Free Agency

1. Carlos Rodon, SP

San Francisco's first order of business should be convincing their ace to come back on a long-term deal. Carlos Rodon opted out of the second-year of his Giants contract as he will be looking to sign for more than $22.5 million. The 29-year-old was undoubtedly one of the best pitchers in the National League this past season, posting a 14-8 record, 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP across 31 starts (178.0 innings). Rodon also tallied a career-high 237 strikeouts and averaged a ridiculous 12.0 punch-outs per nine innings. Without much pitching prospect depth, the Giants know how important Rodon is to their success. Now is the time to prove that.

2. Josh Bell, 1B

Brandon Belt enters free agency this offseason, which leaves the Giants with limited options at first base. J.D. Davis is likely the best candidate to take over the starting spot, but he posted a dismal 33.4% strikeout percentage in 2022. The good news is that the free agent market is stacked at the 1B position and one names sticks out among the rest. Josh Bell is one of the youngest of the bunch at 30 years of age and also the only switch-hitter. He slashed .266/.362/.422 this past summer and tallied 78 runs scored, 29 doubles, 17 home runs to go along with 71 RBI in 156 games played. That's a level of durability the Giants haven't seen at first base in years.

3. Brandon Drury, UTIL

Every team in need of infield depth should be interested in Brandon Druy's free agency. This is a player that has proven to be an above-average fielder at first base, second base, shortstop and third base. He is also coming off a career year at the plate. The eight-year pro slashed .263/.320/492 and launched a career-high 28 home runs in 138 games played. Drury also tallied 31 doubles and 87 RBI. Kapler used to praise Kris Bryant as someone he could lock into the lineup every day because of his ability to play wherever he was needed. Drury could provide the kind of versatility that San Francisco was missing in 2022. His expected market value is not back-breaking, either, at an average annual value of $6.5 million.

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