Carlos Gonzalez

MLB rumors: Giants target Carlos Gonzalez, Indians 'close' on contract

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MLB rumors: Giants target Carlos Gonzalez, Indians 'close' on contract

Carlos Gonzalez might have been a fit with the Giants, but he's not coming to San Francisco.

The free-agent outfielder is "close to a deal" with the Cleveland Indians, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Saturday.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that Gonzalez will receive a minor league contract from Cleveland.

Gonzalez's agent, Scott Boras, revealed last week that he had spoken to Farhan Zaidi, the Giants' president of baseball operations, about the 33-year-old.

"He has an .800 OPS and the best defensive player in right field, and I can tell you, he can substantially help the Giants and many other teams," Boras said on KNBR 680 at the time.

As NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic wrote, it appears the Giants' opening day outfield will consist of Mac Williamson, Steven Duggar and Gerardo Parra. Cameron Maybin, Austin Slater and Drew Ferguson also are in the mix, while prospect Chris Shaw will start the season in the minor leagues.

So, it appears Boras didn't do a good enough job convincing Zaidi that Gonzalez could help the Giants.

Carlos Gonzalez to Giants? Farhan Zaidi, Scott Boras have discussed it

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Carlos Gonzalez to Giants? Farhan Zaidi, Scott Boras have discussed it

The Giants missed out on Bryce Harper, but agent Scott Boras has another veteran outfielder he believes would fit in San Francisco.

That player? Former Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez.

"[President of baseball operations] Farhan [Zaidi] and I discussed him, and they are looking into it, yeah," Boras said Thursday on KNBR 680.

The 33-year-old is a three-time All-Star, but is coming off two subpar seasons. In 2018, Gonzalez hit .276/.329/.796 with 32 doubles, 14 home runs and 64 RBI. At his best, Gonzalez hit 40 home runs in 2015 and drove in 117 runs in 2010.

Boras offered a long-winded answer on why numerous veteran players remain unsigned, and linked Gonzalez to the Giants.

"He has an .800 OPS and the best defensive player in right field, and I can tell you, he can substantially help the Giants and many other teams," Boras said. "They won't employ them, and the reason they won't employ them, I think has to do with the fact of mere budgetary concerns and to put players out there that are of lesser quality and ability. And I don't think there's a justification for it because the major leagues should always be about the best players."

Gonzalez certainly is not the player he was in his early 20s. But he would be a good option in right field where Austin Slater, Gerardo Parra, Mac Williamson and several non-roster invitees are competing for playing time.

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After finishing a seven-year, $80 million contract in 2017, Gonzalez got $5 million for the 2018 season from the Rockies, so his price tag for 2019 might not be that high.

Stay tuned to see if Zaidi circles back to Gonzalez as opening day draws closer.

Carlos Gonzalez fits Giants' mindset in one respect

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Carlos Gonzalez fits Giants' mindset in one respect

SAN FRANCISCO -- You can add another familiar name to the long list of outfielders the Giants are pursuing. 

According to a report from ESPN, former Rockies All-Star Carlos Gonzalez has offers from the Giants, Astros and Padres. Gonzalez had been connected to several other teams earlier in the offseason, and according to MLB.com, a reunion with the Rockies is still in play. 

The 32-year-old would be a fit for the Giants in one respect. He could provide a modest power upgrade in a corner outfield spot and he seems a fit with the win-now mentality of the front office. Gonzalez likely won't cost nearly as much as other current options, as he is coming off a down year. 

Those 2017 numbers also show why Gonzalez probably shouldn't be anywhere near the top of the wish list, despite appearing in three All-Star Games over the past six seasons. Gonzalez hit just 14 homers last season and posted a .762 OPS despite playing half his games at Coors Field. His OPS+ of 87 was well below league average, and his road numbers -- .274 on-base percentage, .332 slugging -- were awful. 

The Giants are into their third month of searching for a power bat for an outfield corner. They have been most often connected to Jay Bruce and Andrew McCutchen in recent weeks, but there were no indications this week that any deal was close to being completed.