The Giants need a lot of help in the outfield, and there's a pretty good option on the free agent market.
But if history tells us anything, A.J. Pollock will not be coming to San Francisco this winter.
The former Diamondbacks outfielder is reportedly seeking a contract similar to the five-year, $80 million deal Lorenzo Cain signed with the Brewers last winter.
Free agent center fielder A.J. Pollock is attracting plenty of interest, but he’s looking for close to Lorenzo Cain’s 5-year, $80 million deal with #Brewers in early talks with suitors.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) November 28, 2018
Farhan Zaidi, the Giants' new president of baseball operations, doesn't have a history of giving out that type of contract to free agents.
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In his four years as the general manager of the Dodgers, here are the deals Zaidi gave to free agents that hadn't previously been with Los Angeles:
-- Dec. 11, 2014: RHP Brandon McCarthy, four-year, $48 million (Made 33 appearances over three seasons with Los Angeles before being traded to Atlanta after the 2017 season)
-- Dec. 30, 2015: LHP Scott Kazmir, three-year, $48 million (Pitched one season with the Dodgers, missed the 2017 season with a hip injury and was traded to Atlanta after the season. He was released before the 2018 season)
Now, Zaidi has handed out a few large contracts, but the in each of these cases, the players were re-signing with Los Angeles.
-- Jan. 29, 2016: INF Howie Kendrick, two-year, $20 million
-- Dec. 5, 2016: LHP Rich Hill, three-year, $48 million
-- Dec. 12, 2016: RHP Kenley Jansen, five-year, $80 million
-- Dec. 14, 2016: 3B Justin Turner, four-year, $64 million
While Pollock is talented, he turns 31 on Dec. 5 and is injury-prone, which isn't the type of player the Giants need right now. Since making his major league debut in 2012, Pollock has played more than 100 games four times and has played more than a 115 games just twice in seven seasons.
All of this is to tell you that if you're hoping the Giants sign Pollock, the chances aren't good. It's just not in Zaidi's nature to give that kind of contract to free agent.