In the latest of the 2021 MLB signings, former Oakland Athletic utilityman, Tommy La Stella, is now off the board. The San Francisco Giants have made another great under-the-radar signing by adding Tommy La Stella to a three-year contract.
In a day that has featured a few 2021 MLB signings, including another former Athletic Marcus Semien joining the Blue Jays and another A’s target, Andrelton Simmons joining the Twins, this move may go unnoticed. Originally reported by Alex Pavlovic, there have been some concerns about the truth to this signing, but for now, it appears that La Stella will be signing with the Giants.
Only the second contract over one-year of Farhan Zaidi’s career as the President of Baseball Operations of the Giants, La Stella is now locked up through his age-34 season. The only other two-year deal was also for a second baseman, Wilmer Flores, who made a big impact this offseason. La Stella, formerly of the Braves, Cubs, Angels, and Athletics, had the best season of his career in 2020.
2021 MLB Signings: La Stella Moves Across the Bay
The Giants have brought in some depth to strengthen an infield that already includes Brandon Belt, Donovan Solano, Wilmer Flores, Brandon Crawford, and Evan Longoria, among others. La Stella is definitely a utility piece who can be used around the diamond, but he has been an every-day second baseman for the past two seasons.
Since the beginning of 2019, La Stella has a 124 wRC+ and 3.1 fWAR in just 135 games. His value comes from his bat, as La Stella is not a great defender at all. In his career, he has a total of -19 DRS and -6.8 UZR, as well as a -11 OAA since 2017 (when the stat started tracking).
This deal is confusing at first, especially because of all the infield options that the Giants already have, but for a good price, bringing in a great hitter makes a lot of sense. For San Francisco, they’ve made a few MLB signings this offseason, as they’ve brought in Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood already. The Giants’ offseason had already been shaping up well with their other MLB signings, and this signing only improves that.
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