SAN FRANCISCO -- Bobby Evans insisted Wednesday that while Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani remain potential additions for the Giants, the general manager and his staff have explored other player moves that would significantly upgrade the roster.Publicly, attention has been focused primarily on the Giants' pursuit of Stanton, the National
SAN FRANCISCO -- Bobby Evans insisted Wednesday that while Giancarlo Stanton and Shohei Ohtani remain potential additions for the Giants, the general manager and his staff have explored other player moves that would significantly upgrade the roster.
Publicly, attention has been focused primarily on the Giants' pursuit of Stanton, the National League's reigning Most Valuable Player who the Marlins are willing to trade, and Ohtani, the richly skilled pitcher-outfielder who's considering San Francisco, as well as six other clubs, in free agency.
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However, the Giants' need to improve in multiple areas, including center field, third base and the bullpen after enduring a last-place finish in the NL West, has prompted them to weigh possibilities besides Stanton and Ohtani.
"The way we've looked at it is, we have to spread the net wide and look at so many different options," Evans said Wednesday in an interview on KNBR-AM (680), the team's flagship radio station. "We can't get too focused on anyone. Of course, these two scenarios have had the most press coverage. Other scenarios as well exist that address our needs."
Ideally, Evans added, the Giants can obtain both Stanton, who's owed $295 million over the remaining 10 years of his contract, and Ohtani, who's a relative bargain due to posting rules.
"I don't think we look at it as either [Stanton] or [Ohtani]," Evans said. "Our hope would be to do everything we want to do this winter, including [obtain] both these guys."
Evans and the rest of San Francisco's staff continued to await the decisions of Stanton, who has a no-trade clause and is also considering St. Louis, and Ohtani, whose list of suitors also includes the Dodgers, Angels, Padres, Mariners, Rangers and Cubs.
Multiple reports said that Stanton, who would bolster San Francisco's sagging offense tremendously if he could approach his 2017 total of 59 homers, would reach a decision before baseball's Winter Meetings begin Sunday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Any timetable is fine with Evans, who said that the Giants will not push the 28-year-old Stanton toward a resolution.
"I've looked at quotes about him from his agent [Joel Wolfe] that in the past have talked about he processes things very deliberately," Evans said. "I think any time you try to rush somebody toward a decision, that can work against you. So I don't think our mindset is to try to rush him."
Evans relayed that Stanton, who was raised in Southern California, said nothing about his reported preference to play for the hometown Dodgers when he met with Giants officials last week.
"He was very professional in our meeting," said Evans, "just really focused on what our opportunity looked like, not trying to compare our situation to others."
Evans added that Stanton did mention his appreciation for the Giants' home ballpark, AT&T Park -- especially the lively fans there. Thus, said Evans, Stanton called AT&T Park "one of his favorite places to play on the road."
Should the Giants sign Ohtani, Evans said that they'd enable him to pitch as well as play the outfield.
"I think Shohei Ohtani is going to play both ways," Evans said. "I would expect all clubs to be looking at him to play both sides of the ball."
Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.