Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi discussed his team’s outfield situation in the wake of the team’s failed pursuit of Bryce Harper. As John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports, Zaidi won’t be rushing out in search of a replacement star.
The Giants’ pursuit of Harper, while clearly genuine, was not premised upon a need to boost the 2019 roster. The club hopes to be competitive in the coming season — Zaidi reiterated the point again today — but obviously also understands it isn’t terribly likely to field a playoff team.
Having missed out, Zaidi says, “the Plan B really takes place over 12 years, not just a couple of days.” In the near-term, the club will be able to engage in “continued pursuit of some guys in the trade or free-agent market [that] probably would’ve been precluded” in the event of a Harper deal.
What might the club be looking for? The preference is for a right-handed hitter, says Zaidi, perhaps reflecting the fact that both Steven Duggar and Gerardo Parra appear likely to crack the roster as left-handed-hitting outfield pieces. Veteran free agent Adam Jones makes some potential sense, though Zaidi says that trade scenarios appear more likely at this point.
Guessing at trade targets is difficult, since roster battles are still taking shape and other moves could drive the final decisions. Zaidi says he anticipates exploring roster changes right up through the end of camp, so it seems he’s ready to wait out the market if needed.