Giants’ Surprising Free Agency Plans After Missing Out on Aaron Judge Revealed

Tyler Maher
The San Francisco Giants have revealed surprising plans for free agency after missing out on Aaron Judge.
The San Francisco Giants have revealed surprising plans for free agency after missing out on Aaron Judge. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Despite making an aggressive push for Aaron Judge, the San Francisco Giants were ultimately unable to persuade the reigning AL MVP to leave the New York Yankees.

While landing Judge would have been a dream scenario for San Francisco, the team must now take a new approach in free agency.

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According to MLB insider Ken Rosenthal, the Giants are now expected to pursue one of the top three free-agent shortstops still on the market. While Trea Turner was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies earlier this week, San Francisco can still make a bid for Xander Bogaerts, Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson.

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The Giants could use a big bat at short after Brandon Crawford regressed offensively in 2022, slumping to .231/.308/.344 with 9 home runs and 52 RBIs in 118 games. While Crawford still has another year left on his contract, it would be quite risky for San Francisco to count on him bouncing back in his age-36 season.

While Crawford has never played anywhere except shortstop, the Giants could slide him over to third base with Evan Longoria likely departing in free agency. That would open up a spot for one of the aforementioned trio, all of whom are much better hitters than Crawford.

An upgrade at shortstop should help San Francisco rebound from a disappointing 2022 campaign in which the Giants finished at .500 and missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons. They could still use some help at other positions as well, as they currently have the 19th-best World Series odds on FanDuel Sportsbook's MLB odds.

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