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Monday/Tuesday BP: And now for the storm

Prepare for a flurry of moves.

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Farhan Zaidi at a press conference table. Photo by Suzanna Mitchell/San Francisco Giants/Getty Images

Happy Monday, San Francisco Giants fans.

The Giants have not done very much this offseason, in large part because very little has happened this offseason. But it would seem that is about to change. With the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes coming to a merciless, painful, $700 million conclusion, the cork has officially been pulled from the bottle of free agency.

Now you can expect a flurry of signings and trades, with the Giants hopefully being heavily involved.

The biggest free agent is now Yoshinobu Yamamoto, and unfortunately he’ll be a hard one to land. Both New York teams are reportedly all in, and it seems that the Dodgers, after dropping the largest contract in sports history on a position they didn’t really need help at, are still open to freely spending to fill the holes in their roster.

Given that Yamamoto’s price is expected to be around the $300 million mark, it could be that the free agency cork won’t be fully released until he signs; which hopefully will be this week, as he’s arrived in the states and is starting his meeting with clubs today.

We can expect Matt Chapman, Cody Bellinger, and Jung-hoo Lee — all targets of interest to the Giants, all Scott Boras clients — to sign soon, though it seems as though Lee’s price is rising. I never thought the Giants were too in on Blake Snell, but if they don’t land Yamamoto, you could see a mild-desperation pivot to another arm (Shōta Imanaga could fill that role, too).

And then there’s the trade market, which might suit the Giants needs to try and acquire a star bat. In addition to pitchers like Corbin Burnes and Tyler Glasnow, we might see anything from young, up-and-coming stars, to arbitration-eligible bats like Randy Arozarena, to proven stars like Pete Alonso all be made available. Christian Yelich, anyone? Perhaps the tune around Mike Trout has changed now that Ohtani has left town?

Either way, expect a lot of moves, and expect them soon. Hopefully they involve the Giants.