Happy Monday, San Francisco Giants fans.
We’re probably still two-plus weeks away from many big moves being made in Major League Baseball, but some dominos have started to fall. On Sunday, it was reported that right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola — viewed by many as the second-best starting pitcher on the market — was re-signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. That news wasn’t particularly surprising, but the timing certainly was: it’s very rare for the big deals to happen before the Winter Meetings, which likely means that Nola had every intention of staying with the Phillies.
Like all of the teams other than the one in Philadelphia, the Giants haven’t made any big moves yet. All they’ve done — which, again, is the norm — is agree to contracts with Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski, two of their six arbitration-eligible players.
There’s a big and beautiful offseason still ahead of us, and it may be very bountiful or it may be very disappointing. And I want to hear your predictions for which players the Giants will sign, if for no other reason than so you can come back to this thread in a month or two and brag about being the only person to predict that the Giants would sign Shohei Ohtani, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and Barry Bonds.