The Giants are widely expected to be one of the league’s most active teams this off-season, with the front office reloading after a disappointing 2022 season. Chief of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi met with reporters (including John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle) this evening and confirmed that the team can play near the top of the market.
In response to a question about the club’s free agent priorities, Al-Zaidi told the media:Financially speaking, no one will be beyond our capabilities. He went on to note that they had already had discussions with representatives of the free agent breaks who had expressed their willingness to move to second base out of respect for Brandon Crawford (Across John Morosi of MLB.com). Teams are technically not allowed to negotiate contract terms with free agents from other teams until tomorrow night, but can discuss more general concepts such as roster fit during the exclusive negotiation period.
Al-Zaidi did not identify the players involved, although it is not difficult to conclude that he is talking about the best selling points in the market. Carlos CorreaAnd the Tria TurnerAnd the Xander Bogarts And the Dansby Swanson They will be priority targets for a number of the game’s highest spending teams. It’s notable that Zeddy has talked about the possibility of moving an outside pickup truck to the other side of the bag while keeping Crawford a short distance away, although it’s not clear if this is an absolute requirement for any player under consideration. Scott Borras, who represents both Correa and Bogarts, told reporters he hasn’t heard of teams looking to move any players off the center (link via Bob Nightingale from USA TODAY).
While the addition of the San Francisco MVP makes sense for a San Francisco club looking to get younger and sportier this winter, Al Zaidi and his squad are sure to be a hit. Mentioning the financial resources to go after any available player will lead to further speculation about the best free agent on the market. Giants are sure to be associated with Aaron Judge Throughout the winter, because they are already among the clubs most suitable for this type of spending. San Francisco has nearly $72.5 million in secured liabilities on the books, waiting for a call Evan Longoria Selection. Even with a fairly heavy judging category, the Giants have plenty of leeway before approaching the $155 million opening-day mark for this year, and they’re far from the franchise record highs that pushed $200 million.
Of course, San Francisco faces a few potential major departures. shred Carlos Rodon Withdrew from the second year of his deal and returned to the open market. Al-Zaidi confirmed the club’s clear decision to award him a qualification offer of $19.65 million (via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area), which Rodon considers a lock he rejects in pursuit of the North Nine-figure deal. This would entitle the Giants to a compensating draft choice between a competitive balance round B and a third round (around 75 overall) in next year’s draft if the Southpaw star left.
As you can see, San Francisco is a corner player Jock Pederson He hit the open market, and while he certainly wouldn’t get QO, Zaidi reiterated that the team would like to keep it (Shea link). The left-footed player posted a .274/.353/.521 streak after signing a $6 million guarantee last off-season, and the club discussed Possible extension As far back as September. Pedersen is sure to top $6 million this time around and is looking forward to a good opportunity on a multi-year contract year after year for his quality platform.
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