San Francisco Giants agree with Mitch Haniger on 3-year, $43.5M deal

The San Francisco Giants settled with outfielder Mitch Haniger, the team announced Tuesday, filling a hole in the Giants’ outfield while continuing their free-agent pursuit of American League MVP Aaron Judge.

The deal is for three years and $43.5 million and includes a player opt-out after the second year, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Haniger, who turns 32 later this month, has had top numbers in the two seasons he’s been healthy but has struggled with injuries during his major league career, most of which was spent in Seattle. With the Mariners last season, he hit .246/.308/.429 with 11 homers and 34 RBIs in 57 games and helped lead the team to its first playoff finish in two decades.

A season earlier, Haniger displayed the kind of talent that prompted the Giants to consider a multi-year, $14.5 million-per-season contract. According to Baseball-Reference, he hit 39 home runs, good for fifth in the AL, and drove in 100 runs while posting 3.9 wins over the reserve in 157 games.

The Giants’ offseason began with outfielder Joc Pederson accepting a qualifying offer of $19.65 million. It continues with Haniger and could include Judge, who spent much of his time in midfield last year but has played in right field for most of his career. Along with Haniger and Mike Yastrzemski, Judge could be part of the outfield while Pederson spends most of his time as the designated hitter.

Long a fan favorite and leader in Seattle, Haniger joined the Mariners in November 2016 when Arizona – who drafted him in the first round of the 2012 draft – traded him along with Jean Segura for infielder/outfielder Ketel Marte and pitcher Taijuan Walker.

Haniger immediately produced for Seattle and posted an .843 OPS in his debut season. His best year came in 2018, when he played 157 games and hit .285/.366/.493 with 26 homers and played well-above average defense in right field.

The next season, in 2019, Haniger suffered a ruptured testicle after a foul ball hit an unlucky caramel. The injury kept him out for the remainder of the season, and he missed a significant stint with back and trunk injuries by not playing in 2020.

His 2021 return was celebrated in Seattle, where Haniger helped lead the Mariners into the postseason peak with a string of clutch hits. He will now slot into the middle of a Giants lineup that ranked 11th in runs scored in baseball but could see some changes in the infield this offseason as first baseman Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria test free hands.

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Emma Bowman

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