Over the last five years or so, the Giants have been awarded a whole lot of silver medals in the offseason.
On separate occasions, the Giants were close to adding Bryce Harper, Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani. Am I missing anyone? Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. It appears they recently checked in on another star before he was traded elsewhere.
The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported Monday that the Giants "inquired about Francisco Lindor" before the star shortstop was traded to the New York Mets earlier this month. The Indians mentioned Joey Bart in trade talks, but nothing surfaced. Rosenthal also reported the Giants aren't "actively shopping" Bart right now.
Lindor was traded along with pitcher Carlos Carrasco to the Mets for Amed Rosario and three prospects.
The four-time All-Star had a down year by his standards, but the season before hit .284 with 32 home runs and stole 22 bases. He's a true five-tool player who just turned 27 years old. He also will be a free agent after the 2021 season.
It would be interesting to see just how far the Giants found themselves in trade talks, and which players were discussed. The Giants have been close to landing stars in recent years, and Zaidi knows they soon can contend thanks to the money coming off their books after this season. Their top prospects could be big-league ready in the near future, too.
The Giants didn't add Lindor this time, but their reported pursuit is an indication that Zaidi has his eyes on some big names.