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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

San Francisco Giants add Mitch Haniger; 3-year, $43.5M deal, sources say

The San Francisco Giants agreed to terms with outfielder Mitch Haniger, the team announced Tuesday, filling a hole in the Giants’ outfield as they continue to their free-agent pursuit of American League MVP Aaron Judge.

The deal is for three years and $43.5 million and includes a player opt-out after the second year, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Haniger, who turns 32 later this month, has posted star-caliber numbers in the two seasons he has been healthy but has struggled with injuries throughout his major league career, most of which he spent in Seattle. With the Mariners last season, he hit .246/.308/.429 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 57 games, helping propel the team to its first playoff berth in two decades.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 06, 2022 at 08:53 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. John Reynard Posted: December 07, 2022 at 04:35 AM (#6108432)
This seems pricey for a guy who is much more likely to be 2021 Haniger or worse and not likely to be 2018 Haniger again. But, its not my money and SF needed someone to fill PA in the OF since their mostly-platooned-duct tape set-up fell apart in 2022.
   2. Walt Davis Posted: December 07, 2022 at 04:27 PM (#6108580)
2018 Haniger would cost you about $30-35 M a year (6.5 WAR). 2021 Haniger had 3 WAR and, give or take, should cost you about the same if not more than Castellanos/Schwarber. 2022 Haniger produced at about the same rate as 2021 Haniger but missed 2/3 of the season. Even if you got 3 seasons of 2022 Haniger, you'd get 4 WAR for your $43.5 M which would not be good but hardly disastrous. He's a late bloomer entering the dangerous late bloomer ages and coming off an injury so there's obviously a risk of getting essentially zilch but I'd be surprised if Haniger doesn't project to at least 6 WAR over the life of this deal -- what's not to like?

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