The Giants' front office did what they could this offseason to compete in a division that features two of the best teams in baseball by signing multiple pitchers, along with infielder Tommy La Stella, who should fill plenty of roles on any given day. It's no secret, though, that the Giants have had 2022 circled on their calendars for quite some time.
Following the 2021 MLB season, the Giants can get the large contracts of Buster Posey, Johnny Cueto, Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt off the books, as well as the multiple one-year deals they handed out this offseason. The Giants, in theory, should be flushed in cash going into an offseason full of available stars. No position could have more superstars on the open market than shortstop, and MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported the Giants are seen as one of the teams that will be "big players" for star shortstops like Francisco Lindor, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa and Javier Baez.
The New York Mets acquired Lindor from the Cleveland Indians this offseason and reportedly are trying to sign him to a long-term contract before Opening Day. After trading Nolan Arenado to the St. Louis Cardinals this offseason, it doesn't seem likely the Colorado Rockies will be able to keep Story at Coors Field, and the Los Angeles Dodgers of course will do whatever they can to re-sign Seager. But it's easy to see one or more of these players available next offseason.
While Giants top prospect Marco Luciano is a shortstop who has high aspirations of making his MLB debut next season at only 20 years old, that shouldn't stop the Giants from pursuing one of these star shortstops on the open market. Though the Giants believe Luciano, who is up to 208 pounds, can stick at shortstop, many believe he's destined for the hot corner.
Seager (six games at third base) and Baez (285 games at second base, 104 games at third base, 12 games at first base and four in the outfield) are the only two of the five players who have played positions other than shortstop at the big league level. The Giants of course shouldn't worry about that. These players all are in their prime and the Giants should do what they can to add as many star players as possible in the near future, no matter what position they play.
With players like Luciano and Heliot Ramos soon on their way to San Francisco, there's plenty of reason for optimism right now. Bringing in any of the star shortstops mentioned above would push that optimism to new heights for Giants fans.