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Carlos Gonzalez to Giants? Farhan Zaidi, Scott Boras have discussed it

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The Giants missed out on Bryce Harper, but agent Scott Boras has another veteran outfielder he believes would fit in San Francisco.

That player? Former Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez.

"[President of baseball operations] Farhan [Zaidi] and I discussed him, and they are looking into it, yeah," Boras said Thursday on KNBR 680.

The 33-year-old is a three-time All-Star, but is coming off two subpar seasons. In 2018, Gonzalez hit .276/.329/.796 with 32 doubles, 14 home runs and 64 RBI. At his best, Gonzalez hit 40 home runs in 2015 and drove in 117 runs in 2010.

Boras offered a long-winded answer on why numerous veteran players remain unsigned, and linked Gonzalez to the Giants.

"He has an .800 OPS and the best defensive player in right field, and I can tell you, he can substantially help the Giants and many other teams," Boras said. "They won't employ them, and the reason they won't employ them, I think has to do with the fact of mere budgetary concerns and to put players out there that are of lesser quality and ability. And I don't think there's a justification for it because the major leagues should always be about the best players."

Gonzalez certainly is not the player he was in his early 20s. But he would be a good option in right field where Austin Slater, Gerardo Parra, Mac Williamson and several non-roster invitees are competing for playing time.

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After finishing a seven-year, $80 million contract in 2017, Gonzalez got $5 million for the 2018 season from the Rockies, so his price tag for 2019 might not be that high.

Stay tuned to see if Zaidi circles back to Gonzalez as opening day draws closer.