As we’re in the midst of the Winter Meetings, the San Francisco Giants will look to fill the gaping hole they have in left field.
With a weak free agent class and the lack of depth within the Giants minor league system, Brian Sabean will need to be creative if he wants to fill the Giants weakest position. I see the Giants looking for a veteran power hitter who can add some pop to the middle of the lineup, not break the bank and not cost the Giants one of their top prospects.
One player who fits the criteria is Josh Willingham of the Minnesota Twins. Though Willingham had an off year in 2013 for the Twins, he hit 35 home runs and had 110 RBI’s in 2012. He has a history as a good power hitter with a better than average on base percentage. Willingham is not a great defensive player but the Giants will not be able to find a player who can both hit for power and play good defense without parting ways with a top prospect or an everyday player. The Twins are rebuilding and may let Willingham go for cheap (Joe Panik?) with the Giants taking over his 7 million dollars a year salary.
If the Giants want a top level outfielder like a Matt Kemp or Giancarlo Stanton, they’ll have to offer one of their top prospects (Kyle Crick for example) and I don’t see Sabean doing this after losing Zack Wheeler to the New York Mets in the Carlos Beltran deal. Either way, if the Giants want to keep up with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sabean will need to add a left fielder who can fit in with Bruce Bochy‘s managerial style. Giants fans, knowing that the Giants most likely will not trade a top prospect or over pay for a free agent, who do you think they should trade for or sign as a free agent to play left field?
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