The San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms with outfielder Mitch Haniger, the team announced Tuesday, filling a hole in the Giants’ outfield as they continue their free agent quest for American League MVP Aaron Judge. .
The deal is for three years and $43.5 million and includes an option to opt out of the player 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 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 spot in two decades.
A season earlier, Haniger showed the kind of talent that led the Giants to consider a multi-year contract at $14.5 million per season. He hit 39 home runs, good for fifth in the AL, and had 100 runs while posting 3.9 wins over substitution in 157 games, according to Baseball-Reference.
The Giants’ offseason began with outfielder Joc Pederson accepting a $19.65 million qualifying offer. That continues with Haniger and could include Judge, who last year spent the majority of his time in center field but played most of his career in law. Along with Haniger and Mike Yastrzemski, Judge could be part of the outfield while Pederson spends most of his time at the designated hitter.
A longtime fan favorite and leader in Seattle, Haniger joined the Mariners in November 2016, when Arizona — which drafted him in the first round of the 2012 draft — traded him and Jean Segura for infielder/ outfielder Ketel Marte and pitcher Taijuan Walker. .
Haniger immediately produced for Seattle, scoring an .843 OPS in his freshman season. His best year came in 2018, when he played in 157 games and hit .285/.366/.493 with 26 home runs and played well above average defense in right field.
The following season, 2019, Haniger suffered a ruptured testicle after a foul ball took an unfortunate carom. The injury sidelined him for the rest of the season, and he missed a lot of time with back and core injuries, not playing in 2020.
His 2021 return was hailed in Seattle, where Haniger helped lead the Mariners heading into the playoffs with a slew of hits. He will now place himself in the middle of a Giants roster that ranked 11th in baseball in runs scored, but could see some infield changes this offseason with first baseman Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria testing the free agency.
Source : BBN WORLD NEWS