The San Francisco Giants took a step down from their 107-win season in 2021 by finishing 81-81 and missing the MLB Playoffs in 2022. Manager Gabe Kapler has proven he has a core that can compete with the best of the best. Finding the right players to surround that core in the next hurdle to cross.
There's no shortage of superstars in the upcoming free agent market. The Giants are projected to have the 13th-highest payroll next season, which means there's enough wiggle room for them to be in contention for any name out there. Here's a look at three free agents San Francisco should target.
San Francisco Giants Free Agency
1. Carlos Rodon, SP
Carlos Rodon signed a 2-year deal with the Giants last offseason to lead their starting rotation. It certainly worked out given Rodon posted a 2.88 ERA and 1.03 WHIP across 31 starts (178.0 innings). He was also named an All-Star for the second season in a row. The second year of that deal is a player option, though. All signs point to him opting out of what would be a $22.5 million salary and searching for a bigger number in free agency. If that is the case, San Francisco should still do all it can to bring the ace back. Rodon led the league averaging 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings pitched and looks to be in his prime. It'd be easy to justify paying him whatever he wants.
2. Brandon Nimmo, OF
Playing center field in San Francisco is one of the toughest jobs in the majors. A center field wall that is 430 feet from home plate and a right center gap that stretches 415 feet makes it difficult for even the best fielders to keep up. Mike Yastrzemski struggled fielding the baseball in 2022, so focusing on signing a defensive stud like Brandon Nimmo in free agency is the right move. Nimmo has the speed to close the gaps and the athleticism to make highlight reel catches. His patient approach at the plate makes him a perfect leadoff hitter as well. Nimmo slashed a reliable .274/.367/.433 this past season to go along with 102 runs scored and 7 triples. He'd fit perfectly in San Francisco.
3. Aaron Judge, OF
Of course, the Giants will be mentioned whenever the name Aaron Judge is brought up in free-agent predictions. Judge grew up near the Bay Area and idolized Barry Bonds, so it would only make sense that he ends up playing for his hometown squad. It's a logical fit, too. Judge has power to all parts of the outfield and the distance to the right field foul pole at Oracle Park is the shortest in the National League (309 feet). Judge hit a ridiculous 62 home runs in 2022 and cut his strikeout rate down to 25.1%. Signing one of the best pure hitters in baseball is precisely the kind of move San Francisco needs to make to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
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