MLB Rumors: Giants To Be "Aggressive" In Pursuit Of Superstar Free Agents

2022 was not a banner year for the San Francisco Giants. Following up on their 107-win 2021 campaign, the Giants are six games under .500, far out of the playoff chase. And general manager Farhan Zaidi is not going to be standing pat. He has said they'll be “going out and being aggressive at the top end of the free agent market.”

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, tops on Zaidi's list would have to be local Bay Area native Aaron Judge. He of the MVP-type season, chasing Roger Maris's American League home run record of 61. 

And if Judge is simply unattainable, then one of the superstar shortstops that will be on the market will be high up on their "aggressive" pursuit list. Trea Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dansby Swanson of the Atlanta Braves (if they don't sign him to an extension first) are outright free agents; Xander Bogaerts of the Boston Red Sox and the Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa will be exercising opt-outs in their contracts to reach the open market. 

Current Giants veteran infielders like Evan Longoria and Brandon Crawford are on the wrong side of 35, and have spent large chunks of this season on the injured list. 

Zaidi says his team needs to get "more athletic" and "younger" so that they "have a chance of staying healthy." The Giants are certainly in need of an All-Star caliber bat like one of those shortstops, and Zaidi says "everything is on the table" when they go into the offseason. 

With only $89M in salary committed fo next season, he calls it "a time of big transition for our organization.”

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