LAS VEGAS — President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi’s very first move of the Winter Meetings yielded the Giants a outfielder, and as he attempts to reinforce the club outfield thickness this offseason Zaidi will be occupied in the market.

Zaidi said he hopes to incorporate at least two more outfielders that winter to help fortify an unproven set that now comprises Steven Duggar, Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, Austin Slater along with Mike Gerber, that was maintained off waivers from the Tigers on Monday.

LAS VEGAS — President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi’s very first move of the Winter Meetings yielded the Giants a outfielder, and as he attempts to reinforce the club outfield thickness this offseason Zaidi will be occupied in the market.

Zaidi said he hopes to incorporate at least two more outfielders this winter to help fortify an unproven set that now comprises Steven Duggar, Mac Williamson, Chris Shaw, Austin Slater along with Mike Gerber, that was maintained off waivers from the Tigers on Monday.

“I would say it’s a top priority,” Zaidi said Monday. “it is a pretty crude group, and that I do hope that by Opening Day, we’ll have at least a couple of additions there.”

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Zaidi said nearly all of his talks have now already been preliminary thus much, as he considers the market has been slowed by the slew of coaching changes and front office round baseball that this offseason.

“We are still analyzing trade alternatives and free agent alternatives,” Zaidi said. “Notably on the free agent side, I would assume some of those options to even go into the next twelve months. The outfield is actually a market to be good buyers . There are always fantastic options in free service, and especially for all of us as a team looking to enhance spirituality, using openings in the outfield are good spots to use to add crime.”

The free agent economy is going to soon be headlined by Bryce Harper, though Zaidi said he’s not yet met along with his agent, Scott Boras. Since Zaidi said he plans to meet with all of the bureaus the two sides will certainly sit down at a certain point this week. Boras also represents still another potential target for the Giants, Japanese left hander Yusei Kikuchi.

Among the Giants’ outfield choices that are internal, Duggar has got the very best chance of getting a starting job in center field. While Zaidi said he views Duggar within a casual player on the long run he did not rule out the possibility of finding a platoon partner for him since he works his way back.

“Between those three guys [Duggar, Williamson and Shaw], the Major League production was not there, but they’re all type of respected prospects,” Zaidi said. “They all have strong Minor League track-records, and if they are nearing Day guys or wind up being thickness and get chances later in the season, there is still optimism that they may be contributors at the Major League level.”

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• Zaidi said Buster Posey‘s rehabilitation from hip operation is going well, though he confessed that the Giants may check out lighten his workload behind the plate during Spring Training and at the outset of the regular season. The Giants stay available for a catcher that will help facilitate the return of Posey .

• Right-hander Jeff Samardzija has begun a throwing program, but Zaidi said it’s too early to tell if he is beyond the shoulder dilemma which limited him to just 10 starts in 2018.

“Until they really start doing more intense baseball actions, you can’t totally consider anybody within the hump,” Zaidi said.

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The Giants made a trio of front-office hi res. Former Blue Jays general director J.P. Ricciardi has joined Zaidi’s staff as a special adviser, while Zack Minasian and Michael Holmes will serve as pro scouting director and amateur wrestling director, respectively.

Zaidi added that former wrestling director John Barr and vice president of player personnel Dick Tidrow will remain with the organization.

“I’m excited to them continuing to be actively involved with front office and with the moves this offseason,” Zaidi said. “It has been great to have the help of the guys who’ve already been here for a number of years have some fresh perspective from the new guys we earned.”

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