We know the San Francisco Giants have a hole at shortstop that they need to fill. Brandon Crawford has said his goal is to be the 2012 Opening Day shortstop. If the Giants decide to go the free agent route. The top three names that stick out are listed below.
2012 Free Agent Shortstops
Jose Reyes – I would love to see Reyes in a Giants uniform. The Giants have a need at short, and Reyes can fill that spot as well as the leadoff problem. Reyes is going to command a very big contract for his services. Reyes is a guy that can spark any teams offense, and the only knock on him is he’s injury-prone. Considering our 2011 injury season, it’s a big knock!
Reyes made $11 million this year, and is seeking a long-term contract.
Jimmy Rollins – Is a former MVP and great player to add to the top of the Giants lineup. J-Roll was born in Oakland California, so he might be interested in playing in the Bay Area. Rollins will also solve the Giants leadoff problem as well.
Rollins made $8.5 million this year, and is coming off a 5 year deal worth $40 million.
Rafael Furcal – Furcal plays the game hard, but I believe the Giants will pass on him. He’s injury-prone and after this year’s injuries. I’m sure they want to stay away as far as possible with injury-prone guys. With that said I would still take the chance with Reyes. Furcal will is the type of leadoff hitter the G-Men would love to have.
Furcal made $12 million this year, and has a $12 million club option.
Other Shortstop Options
These aren’t the Giants only options to think about at short. Just some names to kick the tires on. What’s your thoughts on the 2012 Opening Day shortstop?
2012 Shortstop Reactions
Here are some comments from fans of SF Giants Rumors Facebook page.
Stephen Goodrich – “I would love to see Rollins come to the bay. Good average that can occasionally splash some power!! Great defense! Crawford will continue to improve but the Giants need consistency in the lineup in 2012!!”
Rodney Weathers – “Rollins for a year or two.. Maybe more (plus he’s a Bay Area native) and relief from Crawford as he figures out his hitting.”
David Wagoner – “Go with the home grown, Crawford, and he is a better fielder than the rest. He will eventually hit, go Crawfish!”
Nicolas James Huff – “Reyes or Rollins please!”
~King of Cali (Steven)
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