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Updated: 2017-12-14T13:42:36-08:00


The Giants announced during the Winter Meetings that they’re addressing their most important need


It’s not as sexy as a Jay Bruce rumor, but it’s close. The Giants did not get Giancarlo Stanton. They didn’t get Shohei Ohtani. They didn’t get Marcell Ozuna, and they probably won’t get J.D. Martinez, Christian Yelich, Domingo Santana, Jackie Bradley, Todd Frazier, Eduardo Nuñez, Chem Chalberton, Krispy Waldorf, or Staten Straefe. Most of the front office is either on a plane or home already, and this roster still looks like a 25-part puzzle that fits together in the shape of 98 losses. And yet there was good news coming out of the Winter Meetings. I promise. The biggest problem for the Giants right now isn’t their lack of power. No, they won the World Series the last time they hit fewer than 100 home runs in a season. The biggest problem isn’t the bullpen. They have a better foundation than they get credit for and some intriguing arms to work with. The biggest problem isn’t the outfield, even though the outfield was historically terrible last year. No, the biggest problem right now is the complete and utter lack of help from the farm. It’s why the Giants can’t make an impact trade. It’s why they felt like they had to spend a combined $80 million on outside free agents like Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Mark Melancon, and Denard Span, and it’s why they can’t spend if they want to get under the luxury tax this offseason. Consider that the Dodgers have a better chance of getting under the luxury tax than the Giants this offseason. The Dodgers. They’re the team that barfed up contracts to every international free agent who would sign one. They once went into spring training with six well-paid starting pitchers because they could. And they’re in better financial shape than the Giants. This is because the Dodgers took an 18th-overall pick and turned him into one of the best shortstops in baseball. It’s because they took a fourth-round pick and turned him into one of the best power hitters in baseball. The presence, development, and emergence of Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger are what allow the Dodgers to get under the luxury tax. That’s the only reason they have a chance to sneak under. Those two players allow the Dodgers to ignore the J.D. Martinezes of the world. J.D.s Martinez. Whatever. The Giants used to have those players! Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt were brilliantly scouted and developed, and they certainly weren’t wasted. So maybe these things are cyclical. When the Dodgers spend a lot of money to keep their current young stars, maybe they’ll fall into a trap. I don’t think so, though. They’re probably going to be better than most teams when it comes to a sustainable assembly line of talent, and that includes the Giants. For now. This brings us to the announcement during the Winter Meetings that the Giants are revamping their player development system. While there hasn’t been an official press release, what I can gather from some of the beat writers is this: Each level will have four coaches now, not three Sports-science specialist Geoff Head will have a new role, emphasizing nutrition and conditioning across all levels David Bell, already hired as the farm director, will also be taking Dick Tidrow’s role when it comes to individual assignments and points of emphasis on the developmental path for each prospect The entire system will be staffed with new coaches and roving instructors Will it work? Like heck if I know. But Bell comes from the Cardinals, which is a franchise that’s been doing a whole lot right for a couple decades now. They have better outfielders on their bench right now than the Giants have slotted to start, and their well-rounded depth allowed them to seal an Ozuna deal quickly. That’s the goal, and if it works, the Giants will be able to pair it with a top-five payroll, which is extra dangerous. Look at the Dodgers and Yankees, who are going to be good until 2094. The only problem with this late — far, far too late — focus on development is that it won’t make an immediate difference when it comes to trades, and [...]

The Giants are interested in Avisaíl García


This is probably a bad idea, but I’m willing to be open-minded. According to Bob Nightengale, the Giants are interested in White Sox outfielder Avisaíl García, a 26-year-old right-handed right fielder with a little power. He was worth nearly five wins above replacement last year, which means that with two replacement-level outfielders next to him, the Giants would gain nearly 11 wins. No, seriously. So I’m interested in any outfield improvements, even if they’re bad ideas for the long term. García is almost a good idea. But I’m going to have to furrow my brow and make a little face on this one. There are just too many red flags. Start with the positives again. García is right-handed. He’s young. He’s arbitration-eligible, which would help the Giants get add more players this offseason. He’s under contract through the 2019 season, so it’s not just a rental. Now move to the negatives. Last year was his very first good season, and he was a replacement-level player for the five years before that. This would almost certainly be a case of the White Sox selling high. His 18 home runs were a career high, but that’s not an impressive total for a hitter who played at Guaranteed Rate Field in one of the homer-happiest seasons in history. He is not a slugger. The worst part, though, is that a ton of his value came from his .330 batting average last year. It was fun to watch, I’ll bet, but it came with the help of a .392 batting average on balls in play. There are some hitters who can sustain that. Tony Gwynn and Ichiro come to mind. So if García is one of those hitters, he’ll probably be just as productive next year*. * he is not one of those hitters If that average drops to even .300, he moves from an All-Star to a decent player. If it goes down to his career average of .277, it makes him a liability. His power, patience, speed, and defense range from average to poor, which makes him average-dependent. I do not trust average-dependent players. You shouldn’t, either. Would I welcome García onto the roster for the right price? Heck, yes. If the White Sox are looking to sell high, but also cognizant that every team in baseball will have concerns similar to mine, there’s a chance they could look for a reasonable return. We’re talking no prospects in the top five of a system, even a thin one like the Giants’. I could work with a deal like that. My fear is that the White Sox are looking at García like he’s a comparable player to Marcell Ozuna. He is not. He’s not even close. They don’t have to trade him now, and if he hits .330 in the first half of next season, they’ll get all sorts of offers. They can afford to wait. Which would mean the Giants would really need to impress them with a trade offer. If he had more power? Sure. If he had more patience? Sure. If he were a whiz-bang defender? Sure. As is, he sure reminds me a lot of Melky Cabrera. That’s a great thing if he’s hitting for an absurd batting average and making All-Star teams. It’s fine if he’s hitting for a solid batting average and staying healthy. It’s a bad thing if it takes several of your better prospects to acquire him for two years. For some half-decent prospects? Look, it’s hard to describe accurately just how bad the outfield was last year. Any help would be appreciated, and I would hope the Giants would have some reason to feel comfortable about García’s ability to maintain his high average if they made that kind of move. These are all concerns I had about Cabrera, but a) he was even better than his breakout season and b) the Giants won the World Series that year. That’s really all there is to the Melky story. Mmm-hmm. I wouldn’t be opposed to García, in other words. But at the price I’m guessing the White Sox have set? I’m scared. Really, really scared. I’ll repost something I wrote about the Domingo Santana rumor. What the Giants need to do, then, isn’t trade for Domingo Santana. It’s to find and secure the next Domingo Santana. They can’t[...]

Giants take hard-throwing reliever from Rockies in Rule 5 Draft, lose Albert Suarez


Julian Fernandez throws in the 100s, but he’s never appeared above Low-A With the second-overall pick in the 2017 Rule 5 Draft, the Giants selected Julian Fernandez, a hard-throwing right-handed reliever previously in the Rockies’ system. They will either carry him on the 25-man roster all season, or they’ll have to offer him back to the Rockies for half of the $100,000 fee they paid for Fernandez. It’s highly unlikely that Fernandez will stick in the bullpen all year, so the Giants are essentially paying $50,000 for a month-long look. It’s an inexpensive raffle ticket on a pitcher who regularly throws in the 100s. and hoping to be surprised. Still the longest of long shots, though. Fernandez is 22 years old (good) and has thrown as high as 103 (great), but he’s struggled with his command (bad), with a career mark of five walks for every nine innings pitched (really bad). And even though he’s the same age that Madison Bumgarner was when the Giants won their second World Series (fun), he hasn’t advanced past Low-A yet (bad). It’s almost unheard of for a reliever to jump straight from High-A to the majors. Fernandez is even another level below that. Still, if the scouting report is “big fastball, rough command, extremely limited offspeed stuff,” you can see why the Giants would be interested at least in the initial looksee. Pitchers in the lower minors are often told to pitch in a way that makes them uncomfortable — say, a huge percentage of breaking balls, or no breaking balls at all — because the development is more important than the results. It’s possible the Giants want to see how hitters do against Fernandez’s fastball in spring training, and they’ll worry about the other stuff later. If there are reasons for optimism, it’s that Fernandez’s control really came around last year. After walking 20 in 23 innings the season before, he walked just 18 batters in 58 innings last year, and he finished strong, too. In his last 30 games, he struck out 35 and walked just nine in 34 innings. Not bad for a pitcher who walked five batters in his first seven innings of the season. It’s a long shot, but one of the benefits of losing 98 games is that they get to pick high in the Rule 5 Draft. Fernandez grabbed somebody’s attention. In the Triple-A phase of the draft, the Giants grabbed two players. The first is Eduardo Rivera, a 25-year-old right-hander with gaudy strikeout numbers and ugly walk rates in the low minors. He topped out in Low-A, too, but unlike Fernandez, he doesn’t have to be added to the 40-man roster or stick in the majors all year. The Giants also selected Wander Franco, a 23-year-old third baseman who hit .279/.319/.376 in High-A. For perspective, here’s the name of one of the most successful minor-league Rule 5 draftees ever. Are you ready? We’re talking in the history of baseball. This guy was more successful in the majors than just about any minor-league Rule 5 draftee ever. Here goes: Eugenio Velez. Yep, that’s perspective, alright. Since the Giants took him from the Blue Jays, though, Justin Bour turned into an All-Star, so that’s the new gold standard. It wasn’t just the Giants who were shopping, though. The Diamondbacks selected Albert Suarez with the 14th pick in the draft, and he has a fine chance to stick on their roster all year. Suarez appeared in 40 games with the Giants over the last two seasons, and his high velocity and tight breaking ball in relief last year were something of a revelation. He had some hiccups in August that really messed with his ERA, but he’s probably a solid major league reliever. I’ll grade him a maybe-probably, even. The Giants also lost Skyler Ewing (25-year-old who was converted to catcher last year), Martin Cervenka (Czech-born catcher who was just signed as a minor-league free agent a couple weeks ago), and Andrew Muren (29-year-old who converted to pitching in 2016) in the minor-league portion of the draft. See the note up there about Velez [...]

The Giants are reportedly one of 10 teams interested in Todd Frazier


This makes sense, but it’s hard to see how the Giants afford him. Todd Frazier is a good player. Since breaking into the majors with the Reds in 2012, he’s put up the following OPS+ marks, in order: 118, 98, 121, 117, 107, 105. Even in his worst offensive year, he was still a productive player because of his power and solid defense. He hit 40 home runs in 2016, which even gives him something in common with the Giants! Todd Frazier is a flawed player. His batting average fell all the way to .213 last year, and although he set a career high in walks, there’s no guarantee that he’ll keep walking enough to keep his OBP over .300. He’ll be 32 next year, which is certainly an age when players don’t have to stay productive. And he’ll likely command a three-year deal, which means that he’s likely to be a burden by the end of his contract. Just look at the Giants’ outfield for how much a bad backend of a contract can hurt a team’s ability to build a contending team in the offseason. According to Joel Sherman, the Giants are one of 10 teams interested in Frazier. This makes sense. It’s also scary. Welcome to the Giants’ offseason. As it stands, Frazier would likely command enough money to push the Giants up against the salary cap/competitive balance tax on his own. MLB Trade Rumors predicts that he’ll get $33 million for three years, with Jon Heyman predicting a $48 million/four-year deal. That wouldn’t lead a lot of money for an outfield addition if the Giants want to stay under the tax, much less a bullpen addition. So unless there’s money cleared in a prospect-as-veteran-sweetener deal, Frazier would be the biggest move of the offseason. If the Giants are willing to blow past the tax, or if they have a bright idea to free up payroll, I would be for Frazier. He’s a fine player, and as a right-handed slugger, he would give them a chance to have their first 30-homer player since Barry Bonds left. But, like the idea of a Billy Hamilton trade, the grade would be a big incomplete until we see what the complementary deals were that completed the offseason. Just Frazier alone isn’t going to do it. Mike Trout and Carlos Correa wouldn’t do it, either, idiot. Hey, that’s not nice. But it’s also somewhat accurate. It’s hard to see the Giants spending even more money on a player who isn’t likely to be worth the money in 2020, when they’ll have several other aging players on big contracts. Not for this roster, which is still questionable on multiple fronts. This isn’t a team that needs a cherry on top of the sundae. They need some damned ice cream. Maybe some syrup. I always thought nuts were out of place, but that’s just me. What I would avoid, though, is suggesting that Frazier isn’t a good baseball player because of his low average. He could help the Giants’ lineup. The only problem is that he might hurt their ability to make more improvements this offseason. And, friends, they need a lot of improvements. Color me skeptical about this rumor ever turning into reality, even if it makes some level of sense. Consider this, though: Spending money on Todd Frazier makes about eleventy million times more sense than spending it on Jay Bruce, who has the same offensive tools but is left-handed and plays an iffy defensive outfield. If the Giants feel like they have to do something, this would at least fit their specific needs well. [...]

Prospect Round-Up 12/13/2017 - 5 Lists For The Rule 5 Draft


The Rule 5 Draft is coming, so here’s 5 lists about players that you may need to know. The Rule 5 Draft is Thursday, and with the Giants being the 2nd-worst team in the Majors, they could use all the help they can get. Then again, they could also lose a prospect or two in the process. So with the big day coming, here’s a look at the guys we may be reading about soon. 3 Giants Prospects Who Could Be Picked 1. Tyler Rogers, RHP - The 26-year old submariner reliever had a 2.37 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP in his first full season at Triple-A. Sure, his 5.1 K/9 IP is about as ugly a rate as there can be, but his game is not about strikeouts. He gets ground balls, giving up just 65 hits in 76 IP, and a submariner reliever is about a different and difficult motion to time as anything. Rogers didn’t make the cut to make the 40-man roster, but could a team think he’ll be good enough to be on a 25-man roster all year? Quite possibly. 2. Rodolfo Martinez, RHP - Martinez can hit triple digits on the radar gun, and his fastball sits in the high-90’s, which makes his potential very high. However, there are two strikes against him. First, he has had troubles with injuries, getting into just 20 games this season between High-A and Double-A this past season with an oblique injury. Second, he doesn’t have a great offspeed pitch to pair his fastball with. On top of that, he’s had control issues, with 4.2 walks issues every 9 innings in 2016, and mixed results in 2017. Would a team ignore his problems to capture a high-ceiling arm that is only 23? Perhaps. 3. Sam Coonrod, RHP - J.J. Cooper lists Coonrod (along with Martinez) on his extensive list of Rule 5 potentials, but it’s not just about his stuff. Coonrod had a 4.69 ERA in 2017 at Double-A Richmond, in a year in which the 25-year old was eventually moved to the bullpen. Coonrod throws in the mid-90’s with a fastball, and has a good slider to pair with it, and some think the bullpen is his future. However, why he might get drafted is that he’ll be on the DL for almost all of 2018 due to Tommy John surgery, and so he’d need to be kept on a 25-man roster for just 90 days to be kept by a team that takes him. It would limit a team’s 40-man roster for all of 2018, however, so it’d be a big risk. 5 Players The Giants Might Pick 1. Burch Smith, RHP, Rays - J.J. Cooper has him as the #1 guy on his list, and for good reason. With a mid-90’s fastball and two good secondary pitches in his curve and his changeup, Smith missed 2015-2016 recovering from Tommy John Surgery, but had a 2.40 ERA in 13 games (12 starts, averaging just over 4 innings a start) in the regular season, and a 3.98 ERA in 6 starts in the Arizona Fall League. Smith has a legitimate chance as a 5th starter on a bad team, or as a high ceiling reliever. In most years, there’d be more of a risk that he wouldn’t be available by the time Giants pick, but with the Giants drafting 2nd it’s a new situation. 2. Victor Reyes, OF, Diamondbacks - Obviously, center field is quite an opportunity for the Giants to improve, and there are very few major league free agents that are interesting that won’t cost draft picks. Reyes hit .292 with a .332 OBP in Double-A this year, and hit .316 with a .333 OBP in the Arizona Fall League. Just don’t ask about the power. But with speed (18 steals in 27 attempts in the regular season, 12 of 13 in the AFL), Reyes could be in the center field mix with San Francisco, but even as a bench player, he could be a defensive replacement for an older outfielder (either Pence or a free agent) and a pinch runner with speed. 3. D.J. Peterson, 3B/1B, Reds - If the Giants want to give a chance to a right-hander with power potential, Peterson could fit. Peterson was a first round pick, 12th overall, in the 2013 draft, but he was waived in 2017 by the Mariners. He’s been put on waivers twice this year, first picked up by the White Sox and then the Red[...]

Marcell Ozuna won’t be traded to the Giants



He was a great fit for the Giants, but it turns out that a thin farm system is a real problem.

Marcell Ozuna fit the Giants perfectly. He was a young lower-cost right-handed power source who would immediately and greatly improve the outfield defense. He was a better fit than Giancarlo Stanton in some ways, and it would have been a lineup-altering trade. Never forget, though: The better the fit, the less likely it is that the Giants are going to get that player. The Cardinals were the winners of this particular sweepstakes, acquiring Ozuna for prospects and players the Giants couldn’t match.

If the Giants really want an outfielder associated with the Marlins, maybe Ichiro Suzuki is more their speed.

The organization’s attention will likely focus on Christian Yelich, who is apparently available:

I regret to inform you that the Giants aren’t getting him, either. Consider that Yelich is a left-handed hitter with moderate power, the exact type of hitter that doesn’t adjust to AT&T Park that well. That makes him less than a perfect fit, even if his age and contract would appeal to them. Then add in the realization that if they couldn’t match a trade package for Ozuna, they really won’t be able to match one for Yelich.

(Edit: Bobby Evans just said on Facebook Live that the Marlins aren’t shopping Yelich right now.)

Really, Cody Ross was enough Marlins outfielder for a lifetime, and we shouldn’t complain. This is fine. This is all fine.

If there’s a silver lining, it’s that the Cardinals have extra outfielders, and there might be a fit for the Giants there. We’ve already looked at how the two teams match up, and I’m still of the opinion that Jose Martinez would be a fine fit. A Tyler O’Neill trade could help make up for the Adam Duvall mess, too. Trading for one of the Cardinals’ young outfielders would certainly fit with my suggestion that the Giants need to look for the next Domingo Santana. They would just really, really, really have to trust their evaluations about that outfielder.

Of course, this means you should get used to the ideal of Randal Grichuk in left field. He’s like Pedro Feliz, but more so!

What we know now, though, is that the Giants missed out on another Marlins outfielder, and they’re probably going to miss on the last one, too. This was to be expected. That doesn’t mean it’s not at least a little annoying, though.

The Giants should get creative if they want to improve the roster


Financially creative, that is. Let me tell a story about an extremely boring trade, and then let me tie it into the Giants. On the second day of the Winter Meetings, the Padres acquired Chase Headley to be the official team Wooderson. He already knows the wifi password, and they used to have such good times back in the day, and it’s just like old times, seriously, just like old times. Headley is also owed $13 million next year, which is probably too much, even if he’s still a solid player. To convince the Padres to acquire $13 million in salary and some nostalgia to be named later, the Yankees had to include Bryan Mitchell, a 26-year-old starting pitcher with extensive success in the upper minors but limited success in the majors. He will allow exactly three runs against the Giants in four starts next year, but he’s somewhere between prospect and role player. Think Chris Stratton. Or, to simplify the deal: The Yankees traded a potentially useful major leaguer and added a younger player to give away a $13 million contract. This will help them get under the competitive-balance tax but still add players to the roster for next year. To simplify it from the Padres’ perspective: They’re getting a player who still has some value if he’s used right, and they’ll pay him too much. But for their troubles, they’ll get a raffle ticket on a starting pitcher who might work out. Pretend that Mitchell signed a six-year, $9 million contract with performance bonuses, and they’ll get Chase Headley for just $3 million dollars next year, in other words. That doesn’t sound like anything too unreasonable, right? Now the Yankees can zip around the Winter Meetings and add a pitcher if they want. Lance Lynn, come on down. Yu Darvish? We’re listening. Tall ones, short ones, little ones, big ones, the Yankees can afford them all now that they’re not paying Chase Headley. The Padres have a better team than yesterday, and they have a pitcher who could be a bargain. Everyone wins. Except the Padres in actual baseball games, but we’re used to that. Except when they play the Giants. It’s complicated. This is a template the Giants should study. It’s not something they should do necessarily. But it’s something they could do if the more traditional solutions aren’t working out. For example, here’s a traditional solution: trade prospects for a veteran. The Pirates want to get rid of Andrew McCutchen’s salary and get value back for him before he leaves for free agency; the Giants want an outfield upgrade. To make this deal happen, the Giants would send prospects to the Pirates. It’s a story as old as the sport. The only problem is that they would still be close to the luxury tax, if not already over. But here’s an alternate solution: The Giants traded Denard Span to another team, but they include a player roughly as valuable as Mitchell. I’ll leave the actual player up to you, but Chris Stratton is still a reasonable comp. Could be Ty Blach, or it could be Austin Slater. Look, I’m not good at this part. The idea is to send a possible contributor along with Span to make a $14 million salary for a useful player seem palatable. Then the Giants would take this $14 million and use it on an outfielder or third baseman in free agency. It would If you want to go galaxy brain, you could take a different approach. If Span’s salary were traded away with a prospect, the Giants could trade Jeff Samardzija, prospects, and a few million to the Brewers in a deal that nets them Domingo Santana, and then they could use the Span and Samardzija savings on a starting pitcher like CC Sabathia and a reliever like Jake McGee, while still having money left over for Jarrod Dyson. Are the Giants better in that scenario? I ... I haven’t gotten that far yet. But there’s a way to trade Span and a prospect away and sign a free agent that is essentially the[...]

The Giants are ‘strongest’ trade contenders for Billy Hamilton


If you’re looking to add power, you have to zig when they’re expecting you to zag, imo. The San Francisco Giants, who hit three home runs last year, are interested in Billy Hamilton, who hit negative-three home runs last year. While I love symmetry as much as the next person, I’m skeptical of this strategy. This seems like a great way to make a bad lineup worse. But we’ll talk it out, together. The rumor du jour comes from Ken Rosenthal, who writes that the Giants “remain strongest on Hamilton,” and it was confirmed by the Cincinnati Enquirer, which describes the talks as “serious.” Hamilton fits in a lot of ways. He’s an absolutely brilliant defender, and his speed has only one equal. His arm is better than you think, though he’s more concerned about accurate throws these days. Those are three of the five tools! Sixty percent of the time, he has all the desired baseball tools every time. The hitting, though. It’s rough. It’s extremely rough. Hamilton hit .247/.299/.335 last year, and to put that in perspective, that’s substantially worse than Gorkys Hernandez. Not only are those numbers worse, but they came at Great American Ball Park, not AT&T. Not only are those numbers worse, but if you take out Hamilton’s at-bats against the Giants, he drops to .240/.292/.293 for the season. I wish I were kidding, but those are real numbers. The Giants added more than 40 points to his slugging percentage in 32 plate appearances, and I’m laughing through the tears. I’m getting to the part where I don’t mind this idea. Hold on. No, like I wrote at the beginning of the offseason, Hamilton is still a worthwhile player. He just needs to be on a team that can hit with their other seven spots in the lineup. And after a swig from this here flask, I’m here to suggest the Giants can be one of those teams. I’m willing to trust Buster Posey, Joe Panik, Brandon Crawford, and Brandon Belt to be, collectively, a better offensive quartet than the average catcher-1B-2B-SS combination. It could be a secret strength, even if it requires Crawford to rebound and Belt to stay healthy. I don’t feel too homerish hoping for that. In order to accommodate Hamilton, though, the Giants really can’t mess around with third base and the remaining corner outfield spot. For example: CF - Billy Hamilton2B - Joe Panik1B - Brandon BeltC - Buster PoseyRF - Hunter PenceSS - Brandon Crawford3B - Pablo SandovalLF - Denard Span No. 2B - Joe Panik1B - Brandon BeltLF - J.D. MartinezC - Buster PoseyRF - Hunter PenceSS - Brandon Crawford3B - Josh HarrisonCF - Billy Hamilton Well, I’m not opposed to it. It’s just not bloody likely. 2B - Joe PanikLF - Brandon Belt3B - Manny MachadoC - Buster PoseyRF - J.D. Martinez1B - Carlos SantanaSS - Brandon CrawfordCF - Billy Hamilton That is completely off the rails on 17 different levels. The first is ... 2B - Jose AltuveLF - George SpringerSS - Carlos CorreaC - Buster Posey3B - Nolan ArenadoRF - Giancarlo Stanton1B - Joey VottoCF - Mike Trout that doesn’t even include hamilton, which is the point of this post, please stop ANYWAY, the point is that the Giants would really, really, really have to nail two of the remaining lineup holes. I’m not optimistic, but I’ll allow for the possibility. And in that carefully constructed reality, Hamilton on the Giants would make sense. Something that would also make sense: Jarrod Dyson, who will make a similar amount of money in 2018 and wouldn’t cost prospects, but would field and run almost as well as Hamilton. It’s not like I insert Dyson into any of those lineups up there and think, ugh, no way. He is a fair comp for Hamilton, and I’d probably prefer him. Still, if the Giants are serious about Hamilton, I’m fine with that. My question, then, would be what’s next? Because there has to be something next. There has to be somethi[...]