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Zaidi addresses SF's offseason priorities

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SAN FRANCISCO – Giants fans hope Wilmer Flores’ extension is just the tip of the iceberg.

The Giants ahead of a 3-2 win over the Warriors at Oracle Park on Monday night The team announced a two-year contract extension with versatile infielder Flores with a 2025 option. President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi was resting about 90 minutes before the first pitch Room discusses why a Flores trade makes sense for the team, while also previewing what to expect this offseason.

“None of us can accept the way this season is,” Zaidi Said before Alex Cobb pitched seven scoreless innings. Kill Atlanta. “We see ourselves as a team that should make the playoffs every year. We will be motivated to find ways to improve.”

Near Zaidi’s priority will be trying to retain two All-Stars, left-hander Carlos Rodón and outfielder Joc Pederson.

Despite Giants slump, Rodong still in National League Cy Young in the conversation. He ranks second in the NL with 212 strikeouts, just two behind leader Corbin Burnes. Rodón is eighth in the NL in ERA (2.93), but his 2.33 FIP leads the league.

Rodón should pay $22.5 million in 2023, but has an option to opt out. He turns 30 this offseason, and his next start will mark his 29th game of the season, a career-high. Rodong is expected to get some multi-year offers in excess of $100 million this offseason, so the Giants may have to open the checkbook to keep him.

“I know he mentioned that he is happy here and is interested in coming back, ‘ Zaidi said. “We’ll just have to see if there’s any interest in getting involved. He obviously has a contract structure and he needs to make decisions, which complicates the sequence of discussions. He’s certainly someone we’d love to see again.”

As for Pederson, signed a one-year deal this past offseason , after a $6 million contract, he proved to be a steal. The 30-year-old led the Giants in home runs (22) while posting a healthy batting average of 0.521 and an OPS of 0.869. He provides some much-needed stability in left field.

Zaidi said the Giants have reached out to Pederson’s representatives about an extension.

“We have expressed interest,” Zaidi said. “It’s a while until the end of the season and free agency.”

Third base Player Evan Longoria spoke to ESPN on Sunday and expressed his desire to return in 2023 with a $13 million club option. Zaidi is listening and liking what he’s hearing from the 36-year-old.

“That’s encouraging because I haven’t heard of him in relative terms A sure way to talk about his desire to play next year,” Zaidi said. “Now we know.”

Zaidi also said the Giants will monitor first base Brandon Belt’s knee injury to see if he wants to return to San Francisco next year. Aside from Flores and shortstop Brandon Crawford, the 2023 infield is largely questionable.

Maybe the first item on Zaidi’s offseason checklist will be for the Bay Area Recruit some star power. Giants fans have been asking for high-profile free-agent signings and hoping the team will attract big-name players like Aaron Judge.

Without mentioning the referee’s name, Zaidi said he knew fans wanted Inject more star power into the club.

“Is it a little early to ask this?” Zaidi said with a smile. “Look, without talking about any specific players, I’ve used the word ‘transition’ a lot over the last few years. That’s the state of our roster. We always felt like last offseason, and this offseason came to us It’s going to be a big offseason that will shape the future of the club and what the squad looks like.”

So will the Giants be in the mood to spend this winter?

“This is going to be a big offseason for us,” Zaidi said. “We do have cap space because we’re a big market and our contracts will end this offseason. We’ll have a lot of good options.”

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