MLB Rumors: Matt Chapman’s “Perfect Team” Emerges? Free Agency Buzz Continues Amidst Prolonged Off-Season

Published 02/04/2024, 11:56 AM EST

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With Spring Training whispers on the horizon, murmurs of another kind are swirling around the San Francisco Giants: Matt Chapman rumors. And let’s be honest, Giants fans, it’s music to our ears. The free-agent slugger with a trophy case full of Gold Gloves and a bat that speaks fluent “home run” is a name echoing through the halls of Oracle Park. Could this be a match made in baseball heaven?

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The Giants need saving. San Francisco Chronicle states that their 2023 offense was a participation trophy contender, ranking near the bottom. Chapman’s power bat and defensive magic could be the missing potion, turning their lackluster lineup into a worthy contender. But are they the only ones eyeing this potential game-changer?

A match made in baseball heaven? 

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The 30-year-old slugger checks all the boxes for orange and black. Need power? He boasts a three-season average of 24 homers, other than peaking at a sky-high 36 in 2019. Craving defensive wizardry? Look no further than his two Platinum Gloves and four Gold Gloves—the man’s a magician. Durability? Check.

Matt Chapman is a five-season veteran with an impressive 149.4 games played per season. Plus, there’s the undeniable Bay Area familiarity—drafted by the A’s, managed by current Giants skipper Bob Melvin for five seasons, and even trained alongside Giants’ outfielder Michael Conforto. Talk about a dream fit!

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Let’s face it, the Giants’ 2023 offense was a collective shrug emoji. They ranked dead last in stolen bases and near the bottom in almost every other offensive category. Chapman’s bat would be a shot of adrenaline, while his glove would shore up a defense riddled with errors.

But it’s not just about raw talent. There’s a connection here. Conforto, Matt Chapman’s close friend and San Fran slugger, openly gushes about him, saying, “I think he’s capable of being an MVP someday… He’s a leader. I think he’s capable of being one of those game-changing guys.” Even Giants legend Buster Posey and Chairman Greg Johnson hinted at big moves, fueling the Chapman fire.

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Of course, there are hurdles. Chapman strikes out a lot, and his 2023 season was marred by a finger injury. But the potential is undeniable, and the Giants, with their ground-ball-loving pitchers, could be the perfect environment for him to thrive. So, is he the missing piece of the Giants’ puzzle? The stars seem to be aligning. But one question lingers: are other teams eyeing the same prize?

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Remember Chapman’s defensive magic and home run thunder? So do nine other teams, according to Bleacher Report. From the star-studded New York Mets and Yankees to the rebuilding Detroit Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks, everyone seems to have a spot for the coveted third baseman.

The Seattle Mariners envision him shifting Eugenio Suarez to DH, creating an offensive powerhouse, whereas the Philadelphia Phillies see him as a defensive upgrade… and the Mets? Well, let’s just say their third base was a nightmare in 2023, and Matt Chapman looks like the dream solution.

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Even the Yankees, with DJ LeMahieu seemingly locked in at third, haven’t shut the door. Insider Jon Morosi called them a team to “watch very carefully.” But the Blue Jays, Chapman’s former team, might be the most interesting contenders. They’ve made re-signing him a “priority,” and let’s face it, they already know what a gem they had.

But hey, Giants fans, don’t despair just yet! Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms your team’s interest, along with the Cubs’, Yankees’, and Blue Jays’. So, the fight is on, and the question is, will the Giants have the winning bid?

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Shrabana Sengupta

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"Those who gaze outward dream, but those who turn inward awaken." A pro-writer for MLB EssentiallySports, I’ve been a fan of the New York Yankees since my school days. In my adolescent years, I was introduced to the iconic franchise through one of my beloved Friends characters, Joey.
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