Should San Francisco Giants Platoon In Left Field?

September 6, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants left fielder Juan Perez (2) makes a diving catch on a ball off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Patrick Corbin (46, not pictured) during the sixth inning at AT

Going into the offseason, there seemed to be two areas of concern for the San Francisco Giants to address in the offseason – 1) figure out their starting rotation and 2) find an everyday left fielder

Step 1 is done. With Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain atop their rotation (don’t expect Cain to have another poor first half of the season), Tim Lincecum not having to worry about where he will be next season, a proven winner in Tim Hudson, and Ryan Vogelsong (who won’t be gearing up for the WBC) , expect the rotation to give the Giants a chance to win many more times than not.

In addition, Javier Lopez is back in the bullpen at a reasonable three-year deal.

Many fans now believe that the Giants have to find an everyday left fielder to solidify the starting nine for the Giants on Opening Day. But if they can not find the right fit at the right price, there is no reason for the Giants organization to panic.

A Gregor Blanco and Juan Perez platoon in left field is in my opinion the best option for the Giants in solving the left field situation.

Before you call me crazy and refer to last season, let me explain.

The Angel Pagan injury absolutely crushed the Giants. Blanco and Andres Torres were brought in to switch off at one position — simply put, they are not good nor durable enough to be everyday players and that’s what really hurt the Giants.

But with Pagan healthy again and the Iron Horse Hunter Pence, you can count on both of them being on the field at least 150 games.

Perez and Blanco both bring speed and strong defense, which is vital at the spacious AT&T Park.

Topics: MLB, San Francisco Giants

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  • Dave Edlund

    I do agree that it might be Juan Perez and Gregor Blanco in left. Defensively, they are two of our best fielders, possibly the best. Defensive skills is not our strength with the last gold glove player in about 2005. I have a feeling the Giants don’t have enough dough to drive another LF arrangement, but you never know. My personal feeling is the value of Angel Pagan to the team is overvalued. He did not make or break the season in my opinion (although I love him) as he is not an all-star caliber player. The Giants broke down last year based on pitching and they finished with the 13th best ERA out of 15 NL teams. Statistics show the on average, players in contract years over perform. So Lincecum should have done better last year, not this year. But I think the Giants will do better on pitching because Tim Hudson will help and I agree, Cain will be better.

    One of the things that will help the Giants this year is that Panda has contract year and that will motivate him and he is a player that needs it. I expect him to do way better than 2013 and also for Belt to continue to raise his game. I think Belt could climb towards a .900 OPS which the Giants badly need! Go Giants!!