The Giants' chances in landing a free-agent outfielder dwindled Friday, as rumored target Eddie Rosario reportedly is nearing a contract with the Cleveland Indians.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand first reported Rosario's signing. The 29-year-old spent all six of his previous seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and put up a .257/.310/.478 line in 2020. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser originally reported Rosario as a player the Giants identified as a possible candidate for their outfield.
The news comes just a few hours after free agent Joc Pederson reportedly agreed to a one-year, $7 million contract with the Chicago Cubs, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported. Slusser also identified the former Los Angeles Dodger as a potential fit in San Francisco.
Still, plenty of options remain for San Francisco, should they decide to add a final piece to what has quietly been a respectable offseason. Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. remains a preferred potential suitor. Bradley, 30, is a former MLB All-Star and a 2018 Gold Glove award winner who would compliment the Giants outfield nicely. While Mauricio Dubon filled in admirably as an everyday centerfielder last year, the Giants' value his super-utility likeness, and he's likely to play a multitude of positions in 2021. San Francisco has stressed the desire to add a left-handed bat that can slot in at centerfield, and Bradley certainly fits that role.
Bradley has spent all eight of his major league seasons in Boston. Last season, he averaged .283 with a .814 OPS and seven homeruns to boot. Although he's regarded more for his defense, he does pack some power, and would be a viable option to a team likely to opt more for day-to-day matchups and fluidity than a consistent starting nine.
The Giants hardly have had the thundering offseason teams like the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres and New York Mets put together, but the methodical moves Farhan Zaidi and general manager Scott Harris made so far have sneakily filled most of the Giants' roster holes.
The Giants needed rotation depth, so they signed Anthony DeScalfani and Alex Wood to one-year deals and brought back Kevin Gausman. They bolstered their bullpen with righties John Brebbia and Matt Wisler. Back-up catcher Curt Casali is an under-the-radar signing that will allow Joey Bart more time in the minors. San Francisco needed a lefty utility infielder, and are close to getting one in Tommy La Stella.
Most notably, these all are bargain signings that improve the Giants roster without breaking the bank, leaving the team in prime position to spend on 2022's whopping projected free agent class.
Now, all that's remaining on Zaidi's 2021 checklist is an outfielder. If the Giants can secure that, they'll head into the spring with one of the most underrated rosters in the league.