The Giants are close to an agreement on a deal with infielder Tommy La Stella, reports Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that it’s a three-year deal. Financial terms have not yet been disclosed.
The Giants are close to a deal with veteran infielder Tommy La Stella, per sources. He would fill a big need for the lineup, adding a left-handed bat at second and third.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) January 27, 2021
Infield market keeps on churning: Second baseman Tommy La Stella and the San Francisco Giants are finalizing a contract, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. Once completed, the deal is expected to be for three years. @PavlovicNBCS first said the sides were nearing a deal.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 27, 2021
The La Stella signing is the latest in what’s been an an active offseason for San Francisco. While they haven’t given out any massive deals, the Giants have also signed John Brebbia, Curt Casali, Anthony DeSclafani, Jason Vosler, Matt Wisler, and Alex Wood to major-league deals.
La Stella has experience at first, second, and third base and seems like a potential platoon partner for Evan Longoria at third, as Longoria posted an .859 OPS against lefties but a .671 OPS against righties last season. The righty-mashing La Stella is seemingly the perfect answer to that problem, as he had a .903 OPS against righties, compared to a .580 OPS against left-handers in 2020.
La Stella could also provide protection at second base if the magic runs out in 2021 for Donovan Solano, who has been one of the best hitters in baseball over the past two seasons but didn’t find his stroke at the plate until he was 31 years old.