Joc Pederson could end nomadic journey with San Francisco Giants

Aug 30, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson (23) motions for a fair ball after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson (23) motions for a fair ball after hitting a home run during the ninth inning against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports /
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San Francisco Giants outfielder Joc Pederson has traveled quite a bit in recent years.

A one time mainstay with the Dodgers, he had spent six full seasons in Los Angeles before departing as a free agent during the 2020-21 offseason. Pederson signed a one year deal with the Cubs, only to be traded to the Braves at the deadline. He wound up on the move again this past offseason, signing a one year deal with the Giants.

Joc Pederson could have home with San Francisco Giants

That could change this offseason. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said in an interview on KNBR’s Tolbert & Copes that the team and Pederson’s representatives have met to discuss an extension.

Pederson has been a bit of a mixed bag for the Giants this season. One one hand, he returned to the All Star Game once again this year as he has produced a career best 137 OPS+ with 20 homers and 17 doubles in his 348 plate appearances. On the other hand, he has cost the Giants six runs defensively between left and right this year.

But there is more to Pederson than his production. He has made a positive impression on the Giants organization as a player and teammate, that slap from Tommy Pham notwithstanding. Pederson also knows what it takes to get to the postseason and win a championship, as he has two World Series rings and has reached the playoffs in every one of his major league seasons.

Pederson would also help solidify an outfield that has been a disappointment this season. Austin Slater is the only other outfielder who has produced at an above average level and he has only started in 53 of his 107 games this season. As their top outfield prospects have also disappointed, the Giants need Pederson’s bat going forward.

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The San Francisco Giants are looking to sign Joc Pederson to an extension. He could finally have a long term home once again.