Bellinger, Snell…and Ohtani? This NL West crew is in on MLB’s prime free brokers

MLB free company this winter is poised to be a gradual burn, with the highest accessible gamers more likely to rigorously think about their choices earlier than inking profitable new contracts. Every winter, there’s all the time one crew that units out to “win” free company by signing a few the market’s finest gamers in a bid to compete immediately for a championship. This 12 months, that crew could possibly be the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants have made solely two postseason appearances since their final World Sequence win in 2014, and the franchise sees a chance to compete on the prime of the market this offseason. In keeping with one report, San Francisco has its sights set on gamers like Cody Bellinger and Blake Snell… in addition to Shohei Ohtani, the prize of winter 2023.

San Francisco intent on making a splash

The Giants‘ purpose of getting extra baseballs hit out of Oracle Park and into San Francisco Bay will get a lift if the franchise can land Bellinger or third baseman Matt Chapman — each of whom have been linked to the membership by MLB insider Jon Heyman.

Bellinger had a terrific 2023 season with the Chicago Cubs and is anticipated to signal a contract price in extra of $100 million. Chapman is considered baseball’s finest defensive third baseman and has hit a minimum of 25 dwelling runs in three separate seasons.

The Giants are additionally in search of a real #1 starter, and Snell — the presumptive NL Cy Younger Award winner — actually suits the invoice. Snell is one of the best left-handed pitcher available on the market and recorded a league-best 2.25 ERA in 2023. He would kind an imposing duo with right-hander Logan Webb atop new supervisor Bob Melvin‘s rotation.

Giants should not the favorites for Ohtani

However Ohtani is the massive fish in these waters, the massive prize of free company this 12 months. Ohtani can have many suitors, together with the Giants — however two different groups, the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Dodgers — are considered as extra doubtless locations for the famous person hitter/pitcher.

Whether or not the Giants fork over half a billion {dollars} to signal Ohtani or not, one factor appears crystal clear — San Francisco needs star expertise to fill its ballpark in 2024, and cash is now not a difficulty for a franchise that’s hurtling towards also-ran standing.

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