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The Giants Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the Dodgers After the 2020 Season

Jason Schandl
The San Francisco Giants should sign this upcoming Dodgers free agent next offseason.
The San Francisco Giants should sign this upcoming Dodgers free agent next offseason. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are at opposite ends of the NL West heading into the 2020 MLB season. On FanDuel Sportsbook, the Dodgers have the best odds to win the entire National League (+155), while the Giants are tied for the worst odds (+25000).

Overcoming this gap won't be a fast process, but it's one that the Giants could speed up by making some moves that both help them and hurt their long-time rivals. A strong one would be stealing away Enrique Hernandez when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next offseason.

It may not seem like the case because he's played at least 40 games every year since 2014, but Hernandez will still be just 29 years old at this time next year. The versatile utility man could be a key contributor as the Giants look to rebuild, as he should still be in his prime for quite a few years.

Hernandez has been a plus defender in each of his MLB seasons, and his ability to play multiple positions (all three outfield spots plus second base and shortstop) makes that especially valuable.

He's also been a reasonable hitter in the bigs, slashing .241/.316/.426 with a career .318 weighted on-base average (wOBA). His real value from the dish comes when he has the platoon advantage, though, seeing that wOBA jump to .351 against southpaws over his career.

Adding a young well-rounded player like Hernandez would be a nice boost for the Giants, and stealing him away from the Dodgers would make this a win-win move.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.