The Giants are close to finalizing a deal with free-agent infielder Tommy La Stella, according to reports from MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal and NBC Sports Bay Area’s Alex Pavlovic on Tuesday. San Francisco has not confirmed any discussions.
La Stella, who turns 32 next week, batted .281 with an
The Giants are close to finalizing a deal with free-agent infielder
La Stella, who turns 32 next week, batted .281 with an .819 OPS and five home runs over 55 games between the Angels and the A’s during the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign. He emerged as an All-Star for the Angels in 2019, hitting .295 with an .832 OPS and 16 homers over 80 games.
The Giants had been seeking a left-handed bat to pair with infielders Evan Longoria, Donovan Solano and Wilmer Flores, and they appear to have found an ideal fit in La Stella, who has experience playing second and third base.
President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has said that he felt the Giants were “maybe a left-handed bat short” in 2020. While the Giants matched up well against left-handed pitching (.838 OPS) last year, they had a harder time hitting right-handers (.764 OPS). La Stella recorded a .903 OPS against righties in 2020, so he should help balance the lineup and serve as a potential platoon option for Longoria and Flores.
La Stella would also bring elite contact ability to San Francisco’s lineup; he struck out just 12 times in 228 plate appearances and tied with the
The Giants signed another left-handed-hitting infielder, Jason Vosler, earlier this offseason, but the 27-year-old has yet to make his Major League debut and spent the 2020 season working out at the Padres’ alternate training site. Vosler has Minor League options and could open the season at Triple-A Sacramento if he’s left off the Giants’ Opening Day roster.
Like Vosler, La Stella has some background with general manager Scott Harris, who worked in the Cubs front office when La Stella helped Chicago win the World Series in 2016.