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Giants weighing present vs. future with Kevin Pillar contract decision

Giants weighing present vs. future with Kevin Pillar contract decision

The Giants have a decision to make with Kevin Pillar. Will they bring back the popular center fielder who bashed 21 homers last season and earned a 10th place NL MVP vote? 

It's not that simple. 

Pillar is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility, and after one of the best seasons of his seven-year career, he will come with a hefty price tag. The veteran turns 31 years old in January and is projected to make nearly $10 million this offseason in arbitration. That is, if the Giants let him get there. 

San Francisco has until Dec. 2 to offer Pillar a contract or he will be non-tendered and become a free agent. While the exciting center fielder was perhaps the Giants' best player last season, he might not fit their timeline. 

"I think being in the transition phase that we're at, and having some younger outfielders we may look to create some playing time for -- that's a little bit of the dynamic," Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said to The Athletic's Tim Kawakami when asked about Pillar on the "TK Show." 

The Giants once again are entering an offseason with question marks in their outfield. Mike Yastrzemski earned a spot for at least 2020 after batting .272 with 21 homers and an .852 OPS in 107 games last season as a 28-year-old rookie. But there are other intriguing options, too. 

Austin Slater, who turns 27 years old in December, can play multiple positions around the diamond and finally proved to have some power in his bat. Speaking of power, Alex Dickerson -- who also is arbitration-eligible -- hit six homers and had an eye-opening .529 slugging percentage in just 56 games for the Giants, but injuries once again derailed his season. 

Other in-house outfield options for the Giants include younger players like Steven Duggar (26), Jaylin Davis (25) and Chris Shaw (26). There also is the chance top prospect Heliot Ramos (20) makes his MLB debut next season

This doesn't mean that Pillar's time in San Francisco is over, though. Along with his 21 homers, he hit .264 with 87 RBI and a .735 OPS in 156 games for the Giants. Zaidi knows letting him go would be a big loss. 

"Kevin Pillar was the Willie Mac winner, he had a terrific season for us," Zaidi said. "Obviously he was incredibly popular with the fans -- not just with his production but his durability and the fact that he was out there every day."

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Still, it's clear Zaidi's plan goes well beyond the 2020 season. 

"And again, I think the juncture that we're in as an organization, we're gonna have to view every baseball decision we make as a little bit of a tradeoff between production and development, and the present and the future," he said.

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

Giants rookies dress up as ‘Reno 911’ cops for flight to Atlanta

The Giants' Triple-A affiliate is located in Sacramento, but their rookie dress-up day had a Reno theme.

For the team's flight from Boston to Atlanta on Thursday evening, the veterans made the youngsters don "Reno 911" cop uniforms, complete with the short shorts.

Luckily for us, most of the players embraced the outfit and posted photos on their Instagram Stories.

We'll let the images speak for themselves:

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Based on the image, 12 Giants rookies got in on the fun, and they even used a real cop car as a prop at the airport in Boston.

With 12 "cops" on the flight to Atlanta, you know no shenanigans will happen.

Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Mike Yastrzemski makes Fenway Park debut

Giants vs. Red Sox lineups: Mike Yastrzemski makes Fenway Park debut

Like grandfather, like grandson.

Mike Yastrzemski will play his first game in his grandpa Carl's old stomping grounds Tuesday when the Giants open up a three-game series against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Carl Yastrzemski compiled 452 home runs, 3,419 hits and 18 All-Star selections over a decorated 23-year career spent entirely with the Red Sox. Mike has hit .265 with 19 home runs and 51 RBI in 96 games with San Francisco, and he'll be leading off for the Giants in the series opener.

Logan Webb will get the start for San Francisco, as the rookie right-hander looks to get back on the winning track. Webb is coming off consecutive losses in which he's failed to reach the fifth inning each time.

Nathan Eovaldi will take the mound for Boston. The right-handed veteran recently returned to the starting rotation from the bullpen, and threw 93 pitches in his last outing. Eovaldi has struggled against the Giants in his career, having gone 2-4 with a 10.86 ERA over six meetings.

Stephen Vogt will get the start behind the plate and bat fourth for San Francisco, as Buster Posey is out with back tightness. Chris Shaw, a Massachusetts native, will be the Giants' designated hitter and bat seventh.

Coverage begins at 3:00 p.m. PT with Giants Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming live in the MyTeams app.

Here are the lineups for Giants-Red Sox: 

San Francisco Giants (72-78)
LF Mike Yastrzemski
1B Brandon Belt
3B Evan Longoria
C Stephen Vogt
CF Kevin Pillar
SS Brandon Crawford
DH Chris Shaw
RF Austin Slater
2B Mauricio Dubon 

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Boston Red Sox (79-70)
LF Andrew Benintendi
SS Xander Bogaerts
3B Rafael Devers
DH J.D. Martinez
RF Brock Holt
1B Mitch Moreland
C Christian Vasquez
CF Jackie Bradley Jr.
2B Marco Hernandez