San Francisco Giants
If you don’t follow the San Francisco Giants closely, I doubt you can name any of their outfielders. I can’t. They traded Andrew McCutchen this past summer and Hunter Pence is a free agent. They are desperate for any outfield help they can get. Adding someone like Lagares is a start.
The Giants are expected to try and sign Bryce Harper, Pollock, and other outfielders on the open market. Even if they do, I see them needing extra help. A defensively-productive glove like Lagares could make sense. This is an organization that doesn’t shy away from spending. A $9 million third or fourth outfielder isn’t going to bankrupt them.
Like any trade involving Lagares, this hypothetical deal with the Mets would bring very little back to Flushing. I could see the Giants even trying to dump a little salary on New York. Someone on a longer deal may work.
Last offseason, there were rumors about the Giants and an attempt to acquire Lagares from the Mets. This was in a proposed swap which would have sent Joe Panik to New York. However, the Mets didn’t want to give him up. I have to wonder if the Giants still have any interest.
The new general manager in San Francisco has a lot of work to do if he wants to please the fans. Much like Brodie Van Wagenen in Queens, it’s important to have a clear mission.
Lagares won’t pack the stadium in San Francisco. He can, however, make the pitchers look a whole lot better.
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I’ll give an honorable mention to the Colorado Rockies. However, any deal with them better include Jay Bruce, too.