The Giants really wanted reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. But they aren't getting him. Instead, he's reportedly headed to the Yankees.
So, with the Winter Meetings starting on Monday in Orlando, it appears the Giants will turn their attention to the free agent market to try to fill their needs.
According to The Boston Globe, the Giants "will pursue" top free agents J.D. Martinez, Mike Moustakas, Todd Frazier and Lorenzo Cain.
Martinez hit 45 home runs with the Tigers and D'backs during the 2017 season, but is expected to command a deal projected by mlbtraderumors.com to be in the six-year, $150 million range. He would fill the Giants' desperate need for power.
Moustakas would address the Giants' need for a third baseman, but there's a catch to signing him. He received and rejected the qualifying offer from the Royals, so any team that signs him would forfeit their second and fifth round picks plus $1 million in international pool money. The byproduct of finishing tied for the worst record in baseball during the 2017 season is that the Giants hold the No. 2 overall pick in each round of the 2018 MLB Draft next June, so they would be giving up two valuable draft picks if they sign a player that rejected a qualifying offer.
Frazier would be a cheaper third base option as opposed to Moustakas and he doesn't have the qualifying offer attached to him. He clubbed 27 home runs in 2017 with the White Sox and Yankees and had the fourth most Defensive Runs Saved (10) among all qualified third basemen in baseball.
Cain is the top center fielder on the free agent market and the Giants have made it clear improving their center field defense is a priority this winter. But just like his former Royals teammate Moustakas, Cain comes with the qualifying offer attached to him.
NBC Sports Bay Area's Winter Meetings coverage begins on Monday. Stay tuned for update from Alex Pavlovic and Amy G in Orlando.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The overhaul of the Giants' outfield is complete.
The Giants agreed to a two-year deal with center fielder Austin Jackson on Monday, the team announced. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal is worth $6 million. The team did not immediately confirm the financials of the deal, but per Heyman, clauses could take it up to $8.5 million. Those figures would be in line with the goal of staying under the luxury tax threshold.
"We are excited to have Austin join the Giants. He is a talented and versatile player who will strengthen our roster and provide additional depth at all three outfield positions," Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Bobby Evans said in a statement.
Jackson was worth 1.9 WAR last season while posting a .869 OPS for the Cleveland Indians. He mashed left-handed pitching, batting .352 in 122 at-bats. That trait could allow Jackson to platoon with Steven Duggar if he's ready early in the season.
Jackson is the clear frontrunner now to start in center field on opening day and help fix a glaring defensive issue. Andrew McCutchen has already been installed as the new right fielder and Hunter Pence will slide over to left.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The annual Baseball America top 100 prospects list backed up two widely held beliefs about the Giants farm system: The organization still does not have a lot of high-end prospects and a newcomer is viewed as the best of the bunch.
Heliot Ramos, last year's first-round pick, was ranked as the 79th best prospect in the game, but he's the only Giant on the list.
Ramos, 18, is the name just about every opposing front office asked for in trade talks this offseason, but the Giants view him as a potential five-tool center fielder. He already appears to be one of the steals of the 2017 draft. After being selected 19th overall, Ramos hit .348 in rookie ball with a .404 on-base percentage and .645 slugging percentage. He hit six homers in 35 games and stole 10 bases.
Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the top prospect on the list, followed by Shohei Ohtani and Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
The Dodgers have four players listed before Ramos and the Padres have four of the top 32 prospects as they try to rebuild and get back into NL West contention. The A's have four players in the top 100: lefty A.J. Puk (30), shortstop Franklin Barreto (43), shortstop Jorge Mateo (64) and outfielder Dustin Fowler (88).