The San Francisco Giants have agreed to a three-year contract with Jorge Soler, pending a physical. Talks ensued over the past week, with the Giants initially hesitant on a three-year commitment.
Soler, 32, opted out of his Marlins contract last November after a stellar season, tallying 36 home runs with a .250/.341/.512 slash line. His powerful hitting style is a significant addition to the Giants, who have lacked substantial home run production in recent years.
While Soler’s performance can be streaky, he boasts a formidable track record, including a league-leading 48 home runs in 2019. His signing addresses the Giants’ need for consistent power hitting, particularly against left-handed pitchers.
Primarily used as a designated hitter, Soler’s defensive capabilities are limited, likely confining him to occasional outfield appearances. Nonetheless, his offensive prowess against lefties significantly strengthens the Giants’ lineup.
The $14MM per year contract marks a strategic move for Soler, who opted out of a $13MM deal with Miami. With ample payroll flexibility, the Giants remain poised for further acquisitions, potentially including star players like Blake Snell and Matt Chapman. Soler’s signing signals the Giants’ commitment to bolstering their roster for the upcoming season.