Giants should take a chance on these future free-agent sluggers
Mike Trout (2021)
This was bound to be brought up. Mike Trout to the Giants. And why not?
He's the best player in baseball and should be for a while. His résumé is filled to the brim with accomplishments consisting of two AL MVP awards, seven All-Star selections, six Silver Slugger Awards, and a Rookie of the Year award.
Trout will be just 29 in 2021 which, believe it or not, is a relief for teams -- gosh forbid you turn 30 before you hit the free agency market.
This is a no brainer. And Angels fans, I've read my mentions -- you don't think Trout will leave, but I can promise you he will at least listen to offers.
Mookie Betts (2021)
When Mookie Betts hits free agency -- woo boy, watch out!
The three-time All-Star, who surely will have earned more selections by then, is a terror in the outfield for anyone who steps up in the batter's box -- that's how he earned three Gold Glove awards.
He also owns a career .303/.370/.518 line with a .444 batting average at Oracle Park. Calm down, I know it's a very small sample size, but those nine at-bats obviously meant something to him.
Perhaps he loves the area as well?
Paul Goldschmidt (2020)
Imagine the headlines: "Blah blah blah -- Goldy, NL West rival, blah blah blah." The six-time All-Star slashes a career .325/.500/.569 at Oracle Park.
Are you kidding me?
Yes, we know the Giants have first baseman Brandon Belt signed through 2021. But did you know Belt is able to play the outfield?
Farhan Zaidi wants Belt to be the primary first baseman, but he did say the team is going to try and get him out in left field because "you never know how the season is going to unfold."
It may not be a long-term contract, but perhaps it'll be long enough for Goldy to decide he wants to end his career back in the NL West.
Yasiel Puig (2020)
Well, this would be fun -- and cause some people to talk ... and be mad -- which gets me excited.
He does pretty well at Oracle Park (.290/.354/.444) and seeing how he does with the Reds this season could be a factor in his worth on the open market.
But beyond hating the former Dodger, this isn't a bad idea.
Anthony Rendon (2020)
If you didn't know about Anthony Rendon, that's OK -- he has often been labeled as "underrated." But as time has gone on, and will continue to go on, he will form into a household name.
He's been in MVP talks a few times with the Nationals, and despite never being selected to an All-Star spot, his numbers can do all of the talking for him.
Last season alone he slashed .308/.374./535 with 24 home runs and 92 RBIs.
Khris Davis (2020)
Yeah, I said it -- Khris. Davis.
We know he wants to stay in the Bay Area. Yes -- with the A's, but the concern would be putting him out in left field on defense -- it's pretty bad.
His Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), which puts a value on defense (there are more details on FanGraphs) is ... not good. The statistic says if you are at a -15, you have an "Awful UZR."
Davis's UZR? -22.1.
Let's hope the universal DH is implemented if he were to make the move across the Bay Bridge. With that being said, his nickname isn't "Khrush" Davis for nothing.