Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Who Will Play LF for the SF Giants in 2014?

Perhaps this will be the most asked question asked of the club as the current season winds down - who's playing LF for the Giants next year. At the moment, it's clear that the Blanco - Torres tandem is clearly not working and is not a viable solution for our LF woes. In the first week, Kieschnick looks like a viable possibility, but to tag him as our regular LF for 2014 might be asking for too much. Clearly, the club doesn't have anyone else in the minors to turn to.

At the moment, the club has over $84M committed to players for 2014, that includes the $7M buyout for Zito. Then add possible one year deal offers to Pence, Lincecum, and Lopez, and that number can clear over $120M quite easily. Will the club open up the war chest to go after any of the free agent outfielders that will hit the market. Most notably, Jacoby Ellsbury (earned $9M in 2013) or Shin-Soo Choo (earned $7.4M in 2013). Ellsbury and Choo will look both look for offers that will probably earn at least $15M a year - is the club willing to make that type of offer on a multi-year deal?

Shin-Soo Choo

Jacoby Ellsbury

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