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Kevin Pillar hit home runs. He made great plays in the outfield. He inspired enough teammates to win an election for the Willie Mac Award.

None of that bought him another year with the Giants, who made Pillar a free agent by declining to tender him a contract ahead of a Monday afternoon deadline, a decision that will not go over well with the fans.

Pillar was projected to earn about $10 million in 2020 in his final year of arbitration before becoming eligible for free agency after the season. He earned $5.8 million in 2019. Although salary versus production almost certainly was a factor, president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi insisted in an interview that the decision to let the 30-year-old go was not budgetary.

“We have full ownership support to invest in the major-league roster,” Zaidi said. “This is not a financial decision, and I expect us to be active in ways to improve in the trade and free-agent markets. We have the financial flexibility on those fronts.”

Zaidi called the Pillar nontender a “baseball decision” rooted in the differences between the inventory of Giants outfielders this winter compared with last. It also follows Zaidi’s dictum that any expensive moves help the Giants beyond 2020.

“We feel like our outfield picture has improved a lot with some of the guys who have emerged,” Zaidi said.

He cited Mike Yastrzemski, who could shift to center field, as can Jaylin Davis if he makes the team. Zaidi also mentioned Austin Slater, Steven Duggar and Alex Dickerson, who signed a one-year, $925,000 deal Monday to avoid arbitration, and added that he will pursue other outfielders this winter. Zaidi has said he wants to find a power-hitting corner outfielder.

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The implication: A $10 million salary was too high if Pillar is going to get less playing time in 2020.

“We want to continue to create opportunities for our younger players,” Zaidi said. “We were in a situation where Kevin was going to be in his last year of arbitration with us, and we’re trying to take a longer-term outlook with our roster.”

Besides Dickerson, the Giants signed one-year deals with left-hander Wandy Peralta ($805,000) and infielder Donovan Solano ($1.375 million). They did not tender contracts to pitchers Rico Garcia and Tyler Anderson and outfielder Joey Rickard. Those three also become free agents.

Pillar led the Giants in several offensive categories upon his acquisition April 2 and played in 156 games for San Francisco.

He became the first Giants hitter in four seasons to surpass 20 homers (later joined by Evan Longoria and Yastrzemski) and drove in 86 runs on a team that scored just 678, third fewest in the majors.

His .293 on-base percentage, 1.0 WAR and poor defensive metrics might not have matched up with his projected salary on paper, but Giants players and fans understood his value in a different way.

Pillar played both center and right field for manager Bruce Bochy, and teammates voted him as the Willie Mac Award winner in just his first season in their clubhouse.

Pillar might not get $10 million in a free-agent deal with another club (or the Giants, who still might negotiate with him), but he could wind up on a contending team before hitting free agency, or even sign a multiyear deal.

The Giants likely sought to trade Pillar, but other teams might have been scared off by the arbitration estimate as well.

The Giants acquired Dickerson in a trade with the Padres on June 10. The 29-year-old started his Giants career with a bang. He had a homer and six RBIs in his first game, at Arizona, and hit .357 with four doubles, a triple and four homers in his first 14 games before his all-too-frequent history of injuries returned.

He ended the season healthy and said via text Monday that he is “feeling great. Everything is all healed up.”

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The deadline for teams to tender a contract to arbitration-eligible players is Dec. 2. Here’s the case for the San Francisco Giants keeping Kevin Pillar.
Center fielder Kevin Pillar led the San Francisco Giants in a number of meaningful offensive categories in 2019, including runs scored, RBI, home runs, and hits.

Of course, that could speak to the lack of overall offensive output from the rest of the lineup, but the point still stands.

Pillar is set to go through arbitration for his third and final time, and with a projected salary of $9.7 million, Giants team president Farhan Zaid will have to decide whether the pros outweigh the cons in keeping Pillar.

On the surface, it seems like an easy decision.

The long-time Toronto Blue Jays outfielder swatted 21 home runs and drove in 88 runs while producing a .259/.287/432 line. Additionally, Pillar was the Willie Mac Award recipient in 2019 for his inspirational play and leadership.

However, a dig beneath the hood reveals some red flags.

The 30-year-old is no longer the defensive wizard he used to be, which is concerning for a glove-first position player. According to the defensive metrics, Pillar posted a -5 DRS and a -1.6 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) in 2019. These numbers suggest that his work with the glove was below average.

That may be hard to believe considering he is one of the better defensive center fielders the Giants have had over the past decade. Plus, he makes plays like this:

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In addition to the apparent defensive downturn, Pillar also does not have the type of offensive profile that Zaidi seeks. Across 645 plate appearances, he posted a meager 2.8 percent walk rate on his way to a .287 on-base percentage.

Zaidi generally seeks out players with good strike zone awareness and plate discipline, but these are not Pillar’s strengths. Rather, Pillar employs an aggressive, contact-oriented approach.

With all of that in mind, Pillar does not offer strong overall value.

In 2019, the 30-year-old was worth 1.4 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) while wearing the Orange and Black. Relative to his salary, there’s not much value to be had if he produces at that level again next season.

All of these red flags may compel Zaidi to seek out alternative options to fill center field next season. And, it seems he is willing to sacrifice production for development, as he told Dalton Johnson of NBC Sports Bay Area the following:

“And again, I think the juncture that we’re in as an organization, we’re gonna have to view every baseball decision we make as a little bit of a tradeoff between production and development, and the present and the future,”

As Zaidi points out, the Giants will again be an organization in transition in 2020. That means he will want to use next season as another year for younger players to grow and develop by playing every day. Retaining Pillar may impede that goal.

With that being said, it’s entirely possible that the Giants will deem Pillar’s projected salary too costly, and opt instead to non-tender him.

Is that the right move?

The argument can certainly be made that he simply does not offer enough overall value. However, the Giants can do worse and have done much worse in recent seasons at the center field position.

The table below shows the Giants combined WAR by the primary center fielders each year since 2015, according to Baseball Reference:

San Francisco Giants Center Fielders bWAR, 2015-2019
Year Player(s) Combined bWAR
2015 Angel Pagan -2.0
2016 Denard Span 1.3
2017 Denard Span/Gorkys Hernandez -1.9
2018 Austin Jackson/Steven Duggar/Gorkys Hernandez 0.5
2019 Kevin Pillar/Steven Duggar 1.3

That list is tough on the eyes, and it is necessary to point out that Zaidi took over as the Giants team president following the 2018 season. In his first year, he was able to effectively find the Giants’ most valuable center field going back to 2015. It should also be noted that Pillar was not even on the Opening Day roster.

It is possible that Zaidi can find better overall value through trades or on the free-agent market. However, center field is a difficult position to fill, especially given the expansive range that one needs to show at Oracle Park.

The Giants have plenty of holes to fill on their roster, including adding rotation and bullpen depth, finding a corner outfield bat, and adding a utility infielder. Is it a wise move to add to that list by creating another hole if they choose to part ways with Pillar?

On a different note, the San Francisco Giants are still a business.

It is no secret that attendance and ticket sales have been declining in recent years, and ownership will likely want that trend to slow down in 2020.

Do fans go to the game to see Kevin Pillar play center field? Probably not.

However, he proved to be a positive contributor to the on-field product in 2019. Maintaining a decent product in 2020 should still be one of their goals, and keeping Pillar can help in achieving that end.

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The Cubs have ongoing interest in bringing back free agent Nicholas Castellanos, who posted a 1.002 OPS over 51 games for Chicago following a Trade Deadline move from the Tigers.

Scott Harris, then an assistant general manager with the Cubs, had a firsthand look at Castellanos’ powerful display in the second half. Last month, Harris was named general manager of the Giants.

In what is perhaps a related development, the Giants are among the teams showing interest in Castellanos, two sources said Tuesday. Castellanos’ market is likely to become clearer during next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, with the White Sox and Marlins among the possible suitors.

In addition to Harris’ familiarity with Castellanos, the 27-year-old outfielder fits the Giants’ plans in a number of ways:

• Last winter, in the months after Farhan Zaidi was named the team’s president of baseball operations, the rebuilding Giants nonetheless proved with their pursuit of Bryce Harper that they’re willing to go after stars who hit free agency at the right age.

Castellanos and Harper are far from identical, but Castellanos is only seven months older than Harper, and they were more comparable offensively this year than one might think: Castellanos posted a 121 OPS+, compared to 125 for Harper.

• Castellanos, a right-handed hitter, would be a welcome contrast to what could be an all-left-handed everyday outfield for the Giants: Mike Yastrzemski, Steven Duggar and Alex Dickerson.

Castellanos also has indicated a willingness to play the corner-infield positions, where Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt were close to league-average hitters in 2019.

• While Castellanos has played mostly right field for each of the last two seasons, he also has experience in left field, a longstanding area of need for the Giants. San Francisco left fielders combined for a .673 OPS in 2019, second worst in the Majors.

• The Giants’ decision to non-tender Kevin Pillar this week freed up a spot in their outfield and additional spending power in the 2020 payroll.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network.

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There are an entire season’s worth of games and 21 home runs the Giants need to replace.

A day after they allowed Kevin Pillar to walk, not tendering the center fielder a contract for the 2020 season, they were linked to another outfielder who would make some sense.

MLB.com reported Tuesday the Giants are interested in Nicholas Castellanos, the free-agent corner outfielder who hits far better than he fields.

The 27-year-old longtime Tiger was flipped last season to the Cubs, with whom he starred, slashing .321/.356/.646 with 16 home runs in 51 games — all under the eyes of Scott Harris, the then-Chicago executive and now Giants general manager.

Castellanos is a righty who kills lefties, slashing .306/.358/.532 against southpaws for his career, which would be a nice fit for a Giants outfield that houses Alex Dickerson, Mike Yastrzemski and Steven Duggar — all lefties.

Upon letting Pillar go, Farhan Zaidi told reporters the Giants would be in the market for a power-hitting corner outfielder. Yet, he also said the primary reason for allowing the well-liked center fielder to hit the market was to provide an opening for the younger outfielders to see more at-bats. He insinuated the Giants would use 2020 as another developmental season, in which winning games is less important than letting youngsters make progress. While Castellanos is young, a splash of this relative magnitude would come as a surprise.

The suspect fielder — who’s probably a better fit for an American League team, but has somewhat settled into a corner-outfield spot after playing his way off third base — should command a four- or five-year pact worth about $15 million per season. The fact he does not have a qualifying offer attached to him means his market won’t be hurt like, say, Marcell Ozuna’s will. The Giants, who already have one additional pick from Will Smith signing with the Braves and should have another if Madison Bumgarner signs elsewhere, could see a deflated market for players with qualifying offers as a chance to strike.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The decision to non-tender Kevin Pillar, like several others made over the past year, was not a popular one with Giants fans.

Pillar was a Willie Mac Award winner who did two things that fans could easily cheer: Hit home runs and make diving catches.

Go on Twitter and you’ll find fans who say they won’t attend a game next season and a weird contingent that believes Farhan Zaidi is a secret agent still working for the Dodgers. But all that anger ignores one key fact. The man who decided to move on from Pillar is the same one who acquired him a week into the season for two players who are no longer with the Blue Jays and one who had an 8.11 ERA in the minors.

The Giants hired Zaidi to make good decisions, and there’s no doubt that the trade for Pillar was a brilliant one. Zaidi believes moving on after one season is the right move, too, and time will tell if he’s correct.

What we know for now is that there’s no going back, and there will be a new look in center field. In a conversation on Monday afternoon, Zaidi said the emphasis will be on adding production to the corner outfield spots. It’s hard to find a good center fielder in free agency anyway, so the Giants will go young and go in-house.

Here’s what that might look like in 2020:

The Favorite
Mike Yastrzemski got just 30 innings in center field last season because Pillar was an everyday player, but he generally looked comfortable out there, and he should. Yastrzemski actually has more minor league starts in center field (224) than any other position, and he has over 2,000 professional innings of experience in the middle of the outfield.

Yastrzemski probably won’t be climbing many walls or diving nearly as often as Pillar did, but he did a nice job in the corners last year and was worth seven Defensive Runs Saved in right field and eight overall.

The Giants are fully confident that Yastrzemski can handle center field at Oracle Park — the dimensions are shrinking a bit, too — and if the season started today he would be their center fielder.

The Young Guys
A year ago at this time, Steven Duggar was the Center Fielder of the Future. Duggar is still just 26 years old and is expected to be 100 percent for spring training after another season-ending shoulder injury.

The Giants can’t go into 2020 counting on much from Duggar, but they certainly are hoping for a breakthrough. If he improves his plate discipline and taps into his natural speed, Duggar could be the everyday center fielder. He’s the organization’s best defensive center fielder and would have been even if Pillar was brought back.

Jaylin Davis is another player the Giants want to take a long look at, although he has just 30 minor league starts in center field. Davis may see time out there in the big leagues, but he’s more likely to benefit from the Pillar decision in a different way. With Yastrzemski set for lots of time in center, Davis — a 25-year-old who hit 35 homers in the minors last year — will have an opportunity to win at-bats in one of the corner spots. The same holds true for Austin Slater and potentially Chris Shaw.

The Wild Card
When Zaidi traded a week of strong Drew Pomeranz relief appearances for Mauricio Dubon, he mentioned that one thing the Giants loved about Dubon was his potential as a super-utility player. On deadline day, Zaidi compared Dubon to Chris Taylor, but another Dodger could be a better fit. Kiké Hernandez mostly started at second base for the Dodgers last year but also made 43 appearances in the outfield, and Dubon is expected to shag plenty of fly balls next spring.

Given where the roster is right now, Dubon is also the starting second baseman and a strong option to split time with Brandon Crawford at shortstop. But if he can handle center field, the Giants would have more of the flexibility they’re seeking. They plan to be active in the infield market this offseason. If they add another middle infielder who hits right-handed, could you see that player at shortstop against left-handers with Donovan Solano at second and Dubon in center?

The Future
When the Giants drafted Heliot Ramos in 2017, some scouts predicted he would move to right field. But the Giants have kept Ramos in center and there’s no indication that he’ll need to be moved next season. There were fears that Ramos would outgrow the position as he hit his early 20s, but he appeared slimmed down in the Arizona Fall League and the Giants will keep him in the middle of the diamond for now.

Now, Ramos is only 20 and doesn’t even have 100 at-bats above A-ball, but the new regime wants to be aggressive with top prospects and Ramos will come to Scottsdale in February with a strong chance to earn a promotion to Triple-A. The plan is for Ramos to spend all, or most, of the season in Sacramento, but a September call-up seems likely and the Giants won’t hold their No. 2 prospect back if the bat proves ready earlier than that.

If you’re looking way down the line, Hunter Bishop, last year’s top pick, is also a center fielder. Bishop is likely at least a couple of years away, but he should start next season in San Jose.

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The Cubs have ongoing interest in bringing back free agent Nicholas Castellanos, who posted a 1.002 OPS over 51 games for Chicago following a Trade Deadline move from the Tigers.

Scott Harris, then an assistant general manager with the Cubs, had a firsthand look at Castellanos’ powerful display in the second half. Last month, Harris was named general manager of the Giants.

In what is perhaps a related development, the Giants are among the teams showing interest in Castellanos, two sources said Tuesday. Castellanos’ market is likely to become clearer during next week’s Winter Meetings in San Diego, with the White Sox and Marlins among the possible suitors.

In addition to Harris’ familiarity with Castellanos, the 27-year-old outfielder fits the Giants’ plans in a number of ways:

• Last winter, in the months after Farhan Zaidi was named the team’s president of baseball operations, the rebuilding Giants nonetheless proved with their pursuit of Bryce Harper that they’re willing to go after stars who hit free agency at the right age.

Castellanos and Harper are far from identical, but Castellanos is only seven months older than Harper, and they were more comparable offensively this year than one might think: Castellanos posted a 121 OPS+, compared to 125 for Harper.

• Castellanos, a right-handed hitter, would be a welcome contrast to what could be an all-left-handed everyday outfield for the Giants: Mike Yastrzemski, Steven Duggar and Alex Dickerson.

Castellanos also has indicated a willingness to play the corner-infield positions, where Evan Longoria and Brandon Belt were close to league-average hitters in 2019.

• While Castellanos has played mostly right field for each of the last two seasons, he also has experience in left field, a longstanding area of need for the Giants. San Francisco left fielders combined for a .673 OPS in 2019, second worst in the Majors.

• The Giants’ decision to non-tender Kevin Pillar this week freed up a spot in their outfield and additional spending power in the 2020 payroll.

Jon Paul Morosi is a reporter for MLB.com and MLB Network.

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SAN FRANCISCO — It didn’t take long for Kevin Pillar to win over the fan base and his new clubhouse, but his run as a Giant is over after only one season.

The Giants non-tendered Pillar before Monday night’s deadline, making him a free agent for the first time.

Pillar, acquired in the first week of the season from the Toronto Blue Jays, led the Giants in homers, RBI and stolen bases, but there were other issues in his statistical profile and the organization preferred to go with a younger group in the outfield.

Pillar was expected to make about $10 million in his final year of arbitration.

“It was a difficult decision. It was a baseball decision, not a financial decision,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi told NBC Sports Bay Area. “We want to make sure that we can provide the opportunity to some of our younger outfielders who have emerged over the last year.”

That group includes Mike Yastrzemski, who tied Pillar for the team lead with 21 homers and could see plenty of time in center field next season, Austin Slater and Alex Dickerson, who reportedly agreed to a one-year deal Monday worth $925,000. Two young prospects, one acquired by Zaidi and one he inherited, also will receive a long look.

“Jaylin Davis got a little bit of big league time, and we want to make sure he gets an opportunity,” Zaidi said. “Steven Duggar is coming off an injury, and we’re expecting him to be 100 percent coming into camp. I would still expect us to add to that picture by looking at free agents and trades.

“The versatility of a couple of those guys to play center field may give us an opportunity to add an impact bat in one of the corner spots, which is something we’ve talked about all offseason. We’re looking for offensive production and a way to score more runs. We’re going to have financial flexibility to explore those avenues in trades and free agency, but an equally important part of this is making sure we’re creating an opportunity for some young players.”

That group includes Davis, a 25-year-old who was acquired at the trade deadline and hit 35 homers in the minors last season, and Duggar, a 26-year-old who once looked like the organization’s center fielder of the future before shoulder injuries stalled his progress. Yastrzemski appeared more than capable of handling center field when given limited opportunities last season, and the Giants also could go with a wild card who might be the most intriguing option of all.

When Mauricio Dubon was picked up from the Milwaukee Brewers before the trade deadline, team officials talked of him one day serving a super-utility role, similar to what Kiké Hernandez has done so successfully in Los Angeles. While Dubon currently looks slated for the starting job at second base, he will get work in center field during spring training.

At the start of last spring, Duggar was the only one in that group who was part of the organization. Zaidi added Pillar to the mix after he struggled in five games with the Blue Jays early in the year, and the veteran ended up being an integral piece for the Giants.

Pillar hit 21 homers and drove in 87 runs in 156 games, but there were underlying numbers that concerned the Giants as they looked toward the future. Pillar, who turns 31 in January, ranked second to last among qualified NL hitters with a .293 on-base percentage, walking just 18 times all season at a time when the Giants are preaching plate discipline throughout every level of the organization.

While he made plenty of highlight-reel grabs, Pillar was worth negative-5 Defensive Runs Saved per FanGraphs, ranking 12th out of 14 qualified NL center fielders in the SABR index used for Gold Glove awards.

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Pillar seemed to know this fate might be coming at the end of the year, saying he didn’t want to talk too much about the organization’s future because he wasn’t sure what the front office would decide.

There has not been much of a trade market for players in Pillar’s situation, and the Giants’ front office ultimately decided to make a decision that will be unpopular with much of the fan base and a clubhouse that gave the center fielder the Willie Mac Award. It’s one they believe will set them up better for the future, including the 2020 season.

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The San Francisco Giants will have a decision to make regarding shortstop Brandon Crawford this offseason. Will they continue to roll with him as a starter in 2020?
San Francisco Giants fans will always have a soft spot for Brandon Crawford. His beautiful defensive plays and numerous clutch hits over the years will forever be ingrained in the minds of fans who saw the championship-winning teams of the 2010s.

But father time spares no one in the world of sports. And unfortunately, the Giants may just be finding that out with Crawford.

At 32-years-old this past season, Crawford seemingly hit a brick wall at the plate. He batted a career-low .228, had an OBP of just over .300, and finished with a disastrous OPS+ of just 75.

Only three players in the entire MLB (that qualified for rate stats) finished with worse offensive seasons, that being Orlando Arcia, Yolmer Sanchez, and Mallex Smith. The only difference is that all three of those players are 27 years or younger.

They still have time to get better. Meanwhile, Crawford is on the wrong side of 30.

Crawford will be 33-years-old next season and baseball doesn’t exactly have a lengthy history of aging middle infielders getting better as they grow older. And that’s especially true for those coming off as bad of a season as Crawford had.

Simply put, Crawford is a liability at the plate and while his defense remains solid it’s difficult to argue that he’s worth the $15 million he’s set to be paid next season. Unfortunately, getting rid of him isn’t exactly an ideal option.

It’d be near-impossible to find a taker for his contract without sending over a large sum of money as part of the package. And it would be foolish to just designate him for assignment and eat the money.

Crawford is still a very good defender and actually had a positive WAR last season because of his defense. He does still have some value to the team, obviously not at his current price point, but enough value that just flat out DFA-ing him cannot be justified.

That leaves the Giants with two options. Either roll with him as the starter next season and hope that 2019 was an anomaly and not a sign of things to come or find a suitable player to split time with him and limit his at-bats.

Both seem to be realistic options, but the latter is more viable. It’s likely the Giants would turn to an external option to fill that void but don’t be surprised if the team tries to give Mauricio Dubon more time to develop at his natural position.

Dubon is penciled in as a starter at one of the two middle infield positions next season but where he will be playing is undetermined. Second base seems like the most likely destination for the young infielder but the Giants might see that his future is at shortstop.

Perhaps Dubon could split time with Crawford at shortstop while also playing some second base. This would allow Crawford to receive fewer at-bats while he looks to get his swing back on track.

The Giants would likely have to bring in another middle infielder to play second base or turn to internal options within the organization.

Either way, it’s likely that Crawford will be on the team in some capacity next season — whether as a full-time starter or in a reduced role. And while Giants fans may hold on to warm memories of old, it’s important to remember that the past only serves to limit the future.

Crawford will still have a role next season, but it’s still unclear if that role will be as a full-time starter or in a part-time platoon. But his best days are clearly behind him.

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The San Francisco Giants are among the teams showing interest in Nicholas Castellanos, per a report from Jon Paul Morosi. They are one of at least four teams connected to the free agent corner outfielder.

Who is Nicholas Castellanos, you ask? No, seriously, who is he?

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Apparently, he is a baseball player. Drafted in the first round by the Detroit Tigers in 2010, he made his debut a few years later. He was pretty good, netting some Rookie of the Year votes in 2014, then he got even gooder, posting an OPS+ of 120 or greater in three of the last four seasons. He also hates the Players’ Weekend uniforms and is iffy about the use of analytics in today’s modern game. So, one of us!

He also hits lots of homers and lots of doubles.

He finished this past season with the Chicago Cubs after getting traded for a couple of pitchers in the low minors at the deadline. His numbers were okay in Detroit—.273/.328/.462, good for an OPS+ of 105—but once he arrived to Chicago, he turned into the second coming of Alex Dickerson. In 51 games, he hit .321/.356/.646, smashing 16 home runs and 21 doubles, resulting in a 151 OPS+.

He grades out as a below-average glove and a mediocre baserunner. Baseball Reference lists him as a third baseman and rightfielder, but he hasn’t touched an infielder’s glove since 2017, and for a very good reason. In 2017 alone, he committed 18 errors and totaled up a whopping -14 DRS at the hot corner.

But, you know, dingers.

Did I embed his first career homer just because he hit it against the Dodgers? Maybe.

Castellanos is young—he’ll turn 28 in March—and because of the trade, he has no pesky qualifying offer to worry about. His defense might be awful, but his experience at third and in the outfield offers at least the façade of positional flexibility.

Most importantly, it’s worth remembering that this guy is in the front office.

MLB: 2019 Spring Training Media Days
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That’s Scott Harris That’s Farhan Zaidi, who you may or may not remember hired Scott Harris, the Giants’ new GM. Not coincidentally, Harris was part of the front office that traded for Castellanos in the first place, so he clearly sees something in the guy.

The question, of course, is will Castellanos want to sign with the Giants, who are A) bad and will be bad for the foreseeable future, and B) play in a park that depresses offensive value. As a righty, Castellanos’ power shouldn’t see too much of an impact. However, if you watched that first video, you may have noticed something curious.

How many of those opposite field home runs get sucked into the vortex that’s slowly eating away at Brandon Belt’s soul? It’s clear that Castellanos is at his best when he can use all the fields, and Oracle Park offers him one huge, brick wall–shaped obstacle in that regard.

At any rate, Castellanos was pretty open about how much he hated Comerica Park’s dimensions, so it will definitely be a factor in where he signs.

But hey, you never know! Maybe the Giants put that $10 million they saved from non-tendering Kevin Pillar to good use and come in second place in the free agent sweepstakes!

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SAN FRANCISCO — Over and over again in recent years, Buster Posey has served as a recruiter for the Giants front office, meeting players like Jon Lester and Shohei Ohtani and telling them the positives of signing to play in San Francisco. Last month, the Giants turned to Posey to be part of the vetting process.

The face of the franchise was one of dozens of team employees who met with Gabe Kapler during the interview process, and he sat in the third row of the press conference to introduce his new manager. Posey was the only Giants player in attendance, sitting alongside third base coach Ron Wotus, who will be part of Kapler’s staff.

“The organization, the Giants organization, means so much to me, and they asked me to be here and I felt like it was important for me to be here and show my support for the new manager,” Posey said afterward.

Posey said he was part of the interview process “to give a player’s perspective,” noting that he’s the only Giant who lives in the Bay Area full-time, so it was easiest for him. But the Giants likely would have tried to involve Posey regardless of where he makes his offseason home. Kapler will need to win over the clubhouse, and he enjoyed his time with Posey last month.

“I found Buster to be very attentive, very aware,” Kapler said. “As I think ahead of how I’m going to make an impact in this clubhouse, I’m going to lean heavily on Buster.”

Posey has known just one big league manager, but he apparently came away from the meeting with positive thoughts about Kapler. Posey, who met with other candidates as well, was said to be on-board with the choice, and he showed that support Wednesday.

The press conference might not have been what Posey expected, though. Kapler, Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris spoke for 58 minutes, and more than half of that time was spent discussing the mishandling of assault allegations when Kapler and Zaidi were in Los Angeles.

“I thought he answered the questions well. I felt like they were genuine (answers),” Posey said of Kapler. “I don’t know Gabe that well at all, but I know from talking to a lot of people that have known him that there’s been a lot of good feedback. I look forward to getting to know him better and hopefully we’ll have a great working relationship.”

The theme of Wednesday’s press conference is not going away anytime soon. Giants officials know that Kapler will be asked about the Dodgers incident again, and it’s likely that at some point — maybe as early as FanFest — some of his players might have to answer to the blowback from Giants fans.

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Posey said that the Los Angeles discussion was not part of his meeting with Kapler because they met so early in the process that “there wasn’t as much of a story around it at the time.” But he got a front-row seat on Wednesday as Kapler answered for his role in the incident.

“My biggest takeaway is the alleged victims are the ones that we have to keep in mind throughout the whole thing,” he said. “We can get into ‘this happened, this happened’ and if somebody was wrong in any way, I think that’s the biggest thing for me, is just trying to figure out why it happened, maybe, and how going forward you can prevent it from happening.

“I think Farhan mentioned giving them support. I mean, I’m a father. It turns my stomach to think about something like that happening to my daughter. That’s the biggest thing, I think, is just figuring out why it happened, how it happened, and doing the best you can to support.