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3 Moves the Giants Should Make Before the 2021 MLB Season Starts

Larry Rupp
Roster and free agency moves the San Francisco Giants should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.
Roster and free agency moves the San Francisco Giants should make before the 2021 MLB season starts. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants haven't made the MLB playoffs since 2016 and seem to be stuck in the middle of a very tough NL West division (29-31 record last season). They head into this season with high hopes, but should still make a few moves to improve the team before Opening Day arrives.

There are a few roster holes to fill as well as important decisions to make in order to put the best team out on the diamond. With that being said, here are three moves the Giants should make before the 2021 MLB season starts.

1. Sign Matt Adams

Matt Adams
Signing Matt Adams would help the Giants in more ways than one. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Giants roster is arguably one of the deepest in the MLB, but they lack a true backup first baseman. Signing Matt Adams would actually solve two problems for the Giants as he is a traditional first baseman as well as left-handed batter. That is something they currently lack, especially coming off the bench. Adams did not play much in 2020, but did hit 20 home runs in 111 games played during the 2019 season. He remains a powerful hitter and would bring nine years of MLB experience to the team as well. This looks to be a perfect option for the Giants.

2. Name A True Closer

Reyes Moronta
The Giants strategy of not naming a closer has been working out so far. / Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

Manager Gabe Kapler employed a closer-by-committee approach last season and it did not work out well for the Giants. They blew a number of late inning leads, which ultimately cost them a spot in the playoffs. They head into the season with multiple closer candidates in Jake McGee, Reyes Moronta and Matt Wisler. No matter who it is, someone should be named as the team's sole closer. McGee is likely the top option given he has experience in the role (19 saves in 2014, 15 in 2016) compared to the other relievers. We'll see how this competition shakes out through spring training, but Kapler has to make a change in his approach given the past results.

3. Give Heliot Ramos A Chance

Heliot Ramos
Giants prospect Heliot Ramos should have a shot to make the Opening Day roster. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

One of the Giants top prospects is outfielder Heliot Ramos. The 21-year-old has a boatload of talent and has been performing well so far in spring training. The Giants have a ton of outfielders on their roster, but none with the potential of Ramos. His career slash line of .277/.347/.462 in the minor leagues shows how well rounded he is as a player. Ramos has yet to make his MLB debut, but should be given a fair chance to make the Opening Day roster as the fifth or possibly sixth outfielder on the team. He has shown he is ready to compete and the Giants could use a spark on offense.

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