The Giants have actually accepted a three-year handle complimentary representative designated hitter/outfielder Jorge Soler, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The contract is pending a physical. Soler patronizes of the MVP Sports Group.
Talks in between Soler and the Giants have actually been going on for a minimum of the previous week. As of this early morning, the Giants were still reported to be in the mix however had actually balked at Soler’s ask for a 3rd ensured season. That, it appears, has actually altered throughout the day.
Soler, 32, pulled out of the last season of his three-year, $36MM handle the Marlins back in November after belting 36 crowning achievement while striking .250/.341/.512 on the season (126 wRC+). Soler published the 2nd finest walk and strikeout rates of his profession at 11.4% and 24.3%, respectively, and Statcast pegged him in the 81st percentile or much better in typical exit speed, hard-hit rate and barrel rate.
It’s the kind of power profile that the Giants have actually done not have in the last few years. The 2023 Giants ranked 19th in the Majors in crowning achievement (174), 24th in runs scored (674), 28th in average (.235), 24th in on-base portion (.312) and 27th in punching portion (.383). The Giants infamously haven’t had a gamer provide a 30-homer season given that Barry Bonds in 2004, and the Giants have just had one 20-homer player in their lineup in each of the previous 2 seasons (Joc Pederson with 23 in 2022 and Wilmer Flores with 23 in 2015).
Soler brings an entirely various brand name of power. Last year’s 36 huge flies were just the second-most he’s struck in a season. Soler paced the American League with 48 homers back in 2019, and while injuries have actually restricted him to simply 2 30-homer seasons in his profession, he’s balanced 32 homers per 162 video games played in his profession. Dating back to that 2019 breakout, Soler ranks 17th amongst 302 certified players with a .248 separated power mark (punching minus batting average).
Though he has a lot of experience in the outfield corners, Soler is a clear bat-first gamer. His protective grades have continue to decrease for many years, and the Marlins just played him moderately in ideal field — consisting of simply 241 innings in 2015. Soler has actually just two times reached 500 protective innings played in a season. He’ll function as the Giants’ main designated player, though it’s possible he’ll make periodic looks in the outfield.
That’s especially real considered that Soler does use a great right-handed enhance to left-handed corner outfielders like Michael Conforto and Mike Yastrzemski. Production versus left-handed pitchers, in specific, was an issue for the 2023 Giants (.245/.306/.376). Soler’s massive .277/.393/.688 output versus lefties in 2015 would represent a huge increase to San Francisco in such circumstances.
More to come.