The gardener Mitch Haniger is drawing attention from the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers on the free agent market. Rangers outfielders hit a combined .226/.287/.353 average in 2022 while ranking last in the majors with an 83 wRC+.
The Giants outfielders fared better than the Rangers last season, but the lefties Mike Yastrzemski and LaMonte Wade Jr. They come from bad years. Haniger hit .246/.308/.429 with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs in 57 games for the Seattle Mariners last seasonmissing much of the season with an ankle injury:
The only All-Star and first-time free agent, he is an effective player when healthy, slashing .261/.335/.476 with 112 home runs, 109 doubles and 323 RBIs in 564 career games.
Haniger’s best season came in 2018 when he posted an .859 OPS (139 OPS+), finishing 11th in AL MVP voting. He isn’t tied to draft pick compensation because the Mariners didn’t make him a qualifying offer.
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MLB: Will they get him off the boat? Giants, Rangers show interest in Mariners All-Star outfielder