The San Francisco Giants are suddenly facing a shortage of outfielders with Hunter Pence and Nori Aoki both injured. Because of this, the Giants are in need of an offensive spark, and that spark could end up coming from Andrew Susac, not Gregor Blanco and Justin Maxwell, who are filling in for those starting roles.
The San Francisco Giants started off the 2015 season on Monday with their first game of a three-game series on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks. One game down, 161 to go.
In this week’s Giants Mailbag, we will discuss expectations for Tim Lincecum in 2015, the lack of power from the left field “platoon”, and how Nori Aoki will do as the leadoff hitter, compared to Angel Pagan.
After a few weeks off, the San Francisco Giants Mailbag posts are back! This is the fifth edition of the Giants Mailbag. In these weekly posts, I answer three questions sent to me by fans through Twitter about the Giants, their offseason, etc.
The San Francisco Giants have reportedly agreed to terms today on a two-year, $7.5 million contract with Gregor Blanco. With this new contract, Blanco avoids arbitration and is set to make $3.6 million in 2015 and $3.9 million in 2016.
In addition to this new deal with Blanco, the Giants also signed Nori Aoki on Friday to a one-year, $4 million deal with the possibility for $1.5 million in performance bonuses. The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for the 2016 season.
With these signings, the Giants appear to be done with their left field search. Aoki could be the starting left fielder as of now, but it’s also quite possible that Bruce Bochy decides to implement some sort of left field platoon with these two outfielders, as one is more defensive-minded and one is more offensive-minded.