The Giants still are looking to fill the hole in left field with a left-handed bat, and former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson reportedly has been approached by San Francisco as a possible solution.
Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow has “always liked” Pederson, to the point where hearing of his reputation coming up through the Dodgers' minor league system, he wanted to know why the outfielder wasn’t wearing orange and black.
“You watch what he brought in the big leagues when he came up -- he was a guy who definitely had power and he could steal a base and he could play anywhere in the outfield,” Krukow said on KNBR's "Murph and Mac Show" on Thursday. “But he never made a two-strike adjustment, ever. It was always wheel and fire, do damage and whatnot. And that is kind of the hitter du jour. But he's improved. He's no longer a straight pull guy, he's got a good approach the opposite way.”
Pederson posted solid numbers against right-handed pitching (.238/.349/.501). The fact that the Giants still appear to be interested in outfielders Eddie Rosario and Jackie Bradley Jr., could create a platoon situation, something Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi values.
Pederson also grew up in the Bay Area and was a fan of the Giants growing up.
“For a Dodger, that's a tough thing to admit,” Krukow said.
Krukow also said that the long-time rivalry could create an interesting pressured situation for the 28-year-old, who has spent all eight years of his career with the Dodgers.
“I think if he becomes a part of this organization, I think he'll enjoy that challenge,” Krukow said.
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Zaidi liked Pederson during his time as general manager of the Dodgers, and Gabe Kapler had plenty of chances to see Pederson while he was director of player development in LA.
If you look at Pederson’s numbers during the 2020 postseason alone, it’s easy to see why the Giants would want to add him to the team. He slashed .382/.432/.559 with a .991 OPS and just six strikeouts in 34 at-bats during the Dodgers’ World Series run in 2020.