The San Francisco Giants signed outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and pitcher Scott Alexander to one-year deals, and non-tendered ten other players.
The ten players non-tendered are pitchers Sam Delaplane, Jarlín García, Mauricio Llovera, Drew Strotman, and Alex Young, Catchers Dom Núñez and Meibrys Viloria, and infielders Jason Vosler, Donnie Walton, and Colton Welker.
With the recent acceptance of the qualifying offer by Joc Pederson, the Giants outfield picture is clearing up, with two spots now filled.
Players who are non-tendered mean the team is not going to commit to them by going to arbitration for their salaries. Non-tendered players could become free agents and need to be removed from the 40-man roster, and several of the players that were non-tendered were among those DFA’d in the last week, including Vosler, who has been in the Giants system for a couple of seasons after signing as a free agent, and recently claimed catchers Núñez and Viloria.
There are eight players remaining that the Giants have to either sign, tender a contract to to engage in arbitration, or to non-tender before the December 2nd deadline. The remaining players include pitchers John Brebbia, Jakob Junis, Logan Webb, and Tyler Rogers, outfielder Austin Slater and LaMonte Wade Jr., and infielders J.D. Davis and Thairo Estrada.
Yastrzemski was in his second year of arbitration, and signed for $6.1 million for 2023. Yaz became very popular in 2019 when the Giants got him in trade with the Baltimore Orioles in 2019 as an older minor leaguers. He had strong seasons in 2019 and 2020, but has had more struggles in 2021 and 2022, although he hit 25 and 17 home runs in the two seasons, respectively.
Alexander, 33, was a free agent signing in the offseason, as he was coming back from a shoulder injury that ended his 2021 season in July. Alexander spent the previous four seasons in the Dodgers bullpen, excelling despite some injury issues, and has a career 3.00 Major League ERA over parts of eight season. In 2022, Alexander was not signed until May, and did not see action until July, when he started rehab in Arizona. He returned to the Majors in late August, and had a 1.04 ERA in 17 appearances with the Giants. Alexander is a local product, born in Santa Rosa and playing college at Sonoma State.