The Giants have their sights set on outfielders this offseason, and while they may not have the plethora of top prospects needed to attract someone of Giancarlo Stanton‘s caliber, there are still plenty of other options on the market. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the club has interest in trading for Red Sox’ centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who could help bolster an outfield that currently features Jarrett Parker, Denard Span and Hunter Pence.
Bradley, 27, regressed a little during the 2017 season. After putting up career-best numbers in 2016, he finished his latest campaign with a .245/.323/.402 batting line, 17 home runs and 2.3 fWAR over 541 plate appearances. He was also sidelined for several weeks with a sprained right knee and injured his thumb on a slide into home plate. Despite his inconsistencies at the plate, however, he still profiles well on defense and would represent a massive upgrade for the Giants in center field.
Bradley may not have the power bat that Stanton brings to the plate, but there’s no denying that his defense and affordable contract make for an appealing package. Unlike the Marlins’ slugger, he’s scheduled to remain under team control through the 2020 season. Of course, should the Red Sox strike out in the Stanton sweepstakes, they may not want to relinquish one of the league’s best gloves, either.
The Padres may have some interest in acquiring Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, according to a recent report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It seems unlikely that the team would deal their starting third baseman with J.P. Crawford (fractured left hand) sidelined through July; to that end, however, they signed infielder Danny Espinosa as minor league depth on Friday and have reportedly been eying the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre, among other veteran options.
Franco, 25, entered Sunday batting .255/.297/.425 with nine home runs and a .721 OPS in 229 plate appearances this season. While he has yet to live up to the .280+ average, 1.9+ fWAR he posted during his rookie campaign, he’s been a solid 20+ home run producer over the last few years and shown some stability at the hot corner. He’s also under team control for the next three years and could provide some much-needed insurance behind the Padres’ current third base option, 27-year-old Christian Villanueva.
Rosenthal notes that the Phillies could strike a deal for one of San Diego’s relievers, though no one specific has been connected to the team yet — and the club probably wouldn’t be able to finesse a one-for-one deal given the quality of the Padres’ pitchers. The Phillies’ bullpen has looked downright abysmal over the last month, placing 11th-worst in the league with a collective 5.34 ERA and 0.3 fWAR. Their failure to procure a viable reliever beyond Seranthony Dominguez, Victor Arano and Edubray Ramos lends a certain urgency to any potential deal they make over the next few weeks, though the official trade deadline is still over a month away.