PHOENIX — The Giants had vacancies at each nook outfield positions this offseason and underneath new management within the entrance workplace, that they had the liberty and monetary flexibility to fill these spots as they happy.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi swung for the fences (and missed) with Bryce Harper, took an opportunity on Rule 5 draft alternative Drew Ferguson and tried so as to add depth with cost-effective minor league free brokers in Gerardo Parra and Cameron Maybin.
One outfielder the Giants didn’t pursue? Free agent Adam Jones, who delivered three hits together with a run-scoring double that helped break open the Diamondbacks 7-Zero win over the Giants on Friday.
Jones yanked a 1-1 fastball off Giants starter Jeff Samardzija into the left area nook within the backside of the sixth to increase Arizona’s result in 2-Zero and transfer David Peralta as much as third base. Peralta, who homered to open the scoring within the fourth inning, later got here residence on an infield single hit by D’backs second baseman Ketel Marte.
Jones’ double got here on one among solely a handful of errors Samardzija made on Friday because the right-hander allowed only one run in his first 5 innings earlier than Arizona added two extra within the sixth.
Jones, a 14-year main league veteran, remained on the free agent market via the center of spring coaching earlier than Arizona signed him to a one-year cope with a base wage of $three million. Jones’ 9 residence runs and .850 OPS are higher than the marks posted by every of the Giants’ on a regular basis starters, however Zaidi and the remainder of the entrance workplace did have a rationale for pursuing options.
With a roster in want of an overhaul, the Giants have been extra centered on buying gamers who may assist the membership obtain its aim of constructing towards the long run. A participant of Harper’s caliber would have been a lineup fixture for the following decade whereas a speculative acquisition like Ferguson may have developed right into a cost-efficient common over time. The Giants felt they may have the ability to catch lightning in a bottle with veterans like Parra and Maybin, however as a result of each agreed to minor league offers, the entrance workplace may simply lower ties with each gamers if extra inexperienced gamers deserved auditions.
By the top of spring coaching, Maybin was off the roster. After a month of subpar at-bats, Parra was too.
The Giants clearly felt Jones was not the kind of participant they might signal to a one-year deal and half with in a single day, significantly as a result of Jones would have been welcomed with open arms by a clubhouse that campaigned for the entrance workplace to signal him.
Given Jones’ stats via greater than 1 / 4 of the season, the Giants would have had no alternative however to hold onto him, additional delaying auditions for future outfield jobs which have already begun.
The membership’s early-season acquisition of outfielder Kevin Pillar, who will make $5.eight million this 12 months, steered the Giants did have room for not less than another veteran, however the commerce got here after a large open outfield competitors in spring coaching become a spectacular failure that left the franchise with much more uncertainty within the corners.
Had the Giants identified the outcomes of the competitors forward of time, their stance on pursuing Jones doubtless would have been completely different.
Jones was one among a number of D’backs to contribute to a robust offensive output on an evening the place the Giants struggled to indicate any indicators of life on the plate.
D’backs starter Merrill Kelly made his first profession look towards the Giants Friday and allowed seven base runners in 5 1/three innings. Kelly wasn’t sharp as he left no fewer than a half dozen fastballs over the guts of the plate, however the Giants didn’t constantly drive the ball towards Kelly and didn’t capitalize after they had runners in scoring place.
Giants supervisor Bruce Bochy was ejected for the third time this season and the 77th time in his main league profession within the midst of a four-run seventh inning that put the sport out of attain for the D’backs. After Arizona middle fielder Jarrod Dyson appeared to swing the bat on a pitch that clanked off his hand, Dyson was awarded first base on successful by pitch.
Bochy argued the decision with residence plate umpire Andy Fletcher and was despatched packing early on an evening he’d wish to overlook about altogether.