The Giants used an important offseason deadline to sign several key players to one-year contracts, tender arbitration to two others and significantly clear out the back end of their 40-man roster.
Alex Dickerson and Austin Slater were among five who signed one-year contracts Wednesday, avoiding arbitration, with Donovan Solano and Reyes Moronta getting tendered contracts that keep them under club control as the sides decide on a 2021 salary. Left-hander Tyler Anderson, utility man Daniel Robertson and catcher Chadwick Tromp were notably non-tendered, making them free agents, along with hard-throwing right-handers Melvin Adon and Rico Garcia.
It was not a surprise that the club parted ways with Anderson and Robertson. Anderson was fine as a back-end starter in his lone year as a Giant, but with so many high-upside arms available as free agents, the Giants likely can do better on the open market as they aim to fill out their rotation with flyers. Robertson was a poor fit for the roster, which needs a left-handed bat for the final infield spot.
Tromp seemed to be in the running to back up Buster Posey early next year as the Giants aim to get Joey Bart more time in the minors. It's possible he could re-sign with the Giants and come to camp to try and win that job. The Giants currently have just Posey and Bart on their 40-man roster after also parting with Tyler Heineman and Aramis Garcia.
Along with Dickerson and Slater, the Giants re-signed Trevor Gott, Darin Ruf, Jarlin Garcia and Wandy Peralta.
Dickerson was once again a force in the middle of the lineup last season, batting .298/.371/.576 and tying a career-high with 10 homers. He's set to be the everyday left fielder against right-handed pitching, giving the Giants a dangerous left-handed bat at a very cheap price. Dickerson will get $2.1 million, according to MLB.com, more than doubling his salary in his first year in arbitration. Dickerson might again end up platooning in left field with Austin Slater, who got $1.15 million in his first year of arbitration, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
By re-signing Garcia and Wandy Peralta, the Giants can go into the rest of the offseason knowing they're set from the left side in their bullpen, with Garcia and Peralta joining Caleb Baragar and Sam Selman.
The Giants are short on right-handed relief, so they brought back a player who had a rough season but was dependable for them in 2019 and is capable of taking down multiple innings out of the bullpen. Trevor Gott received $700,000, according to MLB Network. The Giants tendered a contract to Moronta, who missed the entire season as he rehabbed a shoulder injury, but did not come to a deal. They still have several months to do that before a potential arbitration hearing.
The biggest remaining negotiation will be with Solano, who won the Silver Slugger Award and is due a significant raise from $1.375 million.