Reports around MLB late last night have concurred that the Giants are about to sign Jorge Soler to a three-year deal. Giants beat reporter Susan Slusser was one of the first journalists to report the news. We will confirm it once it becomes official. Soler has always been a player I liked. Last season he hit 36 homers for the Marlins and made his first All Star team. There is no word yet on the terms of the deal but you can bet your sweet garlic fries there is some form of opt out involved.
Jorge Soler has agreed to a three-year deal with the Giants I’m told.
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 13, 2024
The Giants have not had a player hit 30 or more home runs in a season since Barry the Great did it in 2004, which seems like 100 years ago but was only 20. The addition of Soler will fill a gaping hole in the Giants line up and roster with a power bat from the right side. With Mitch Haniger gone Soler will likely be a DH and play a little left field, though he is considered to be a sub-par outfielder from a defensive perspective.
With Soler the Giants have two righty DHs when you factor in Wilmer “Flower Power” Flores.
This is the type of move a team makes when it does not want to completely rebuild but desperately needs to stay competitive, which defines the Giants in 2024. One could argue that if Heliot Ramos had progressed into an everyday player in the outfield there would have been no need for Soler. But
Soler will be 32 on February 25th. I expect him to be a productive hitter and he has a career Batting Average of over .310 at Willie Mays Field.
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