At the end of the season, one of the San Francisco Giants' most valuable hitters is scheduled to hit free agency. That hitter would be outfielder Hunter Pence. If you haven't noticed, Pence has gone on an absolute tear recently and has earned himself an even bigger contract than he was expected to get. The Giants' goal is to re-sign Pence this offseason, but will they stop there? Don't be surprised if they continue looking for a hitter.
Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants will be looking for power hitters this offseason. He lists Jacoby Ellsbury, Carlos Beltran, Curtis Granderson and Shin-Soo Choo as potential options.
When reading that list, one name in particular stands out. Carlos Beltran. The Giants acquired Beltran from the New York Mets in exchange for then top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler. After the season, Beltran left and signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals. Is he a legitimate option? He appears to be, Schulman says:
"Interestingly, a Giants source suggested it would be wrong to rule out a Beltran return, even after he and the front office engaged in a war of words about the team's interest in re-signing him (or lack thereof) after his brief stay in 2011."
If the Giants fail to sign a power hitting free agent, Schulman says that the Giants could look to build a trade package around one of it's "projectable Class A pitchers" and try to acquire an outfielder.
Another option for the Giants is Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu. The Giants have shown interest in Abreu and have scouted him. Schulman writes that the Giants have "significant interest" in Abreu and are likely going to face stiff competition for his services.
One thing is certain, the Giants are on the lookout to improve their hitting this offseason. It is no guarantee that they sign a "big name," but they are definitely looking into trying to get one this offseason.
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