Brandon Crawford, in the midst of his first free agency in a 13-year MLB career, is reportedly exploring his options with an open mind. Teams are expressing interest in the former Giants shortstop, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. However, a return to San Francisco for the 2024 MLB season seems unlikely.
Crawford, undeniably the greatest Giants shortstop in franchise history, holds impressive records for the team, ranking fourth in defensive bWAR (14.3) and seventh in games played (1,654).
His contributions were pivotal in leading the Giants to World Series titles in 2012 and 2014. Additionally, he boasts a three-time MLB All-Star status and four Gold Gloves at shortstop.
Despite a challenging season in 2023, where Crawford recorded a career-worst .194/.273/.314 with 81 strikeouts in 93 games, his defensive prowess has always been a significant asset.
Sources familiar with Crawford’s thinking, as reported by Rosenthal, suggest that the 37-year-old is open to transitioning to second or third base. However, retirement is also a possibility if the right opportunity does not present itself.
The Giants bid Crawford an unofficial farewell on October 1, 2023, during the season finale. Despite going 0-for-4 that day, Crawford received multiple standing ovations from San Francisco fans, creating a memorable moment in case it marked his final game in the Orange and Black.
In a recent development, Crawford seemed unperturbed by free-agency rumors as he attended the NFC Championship Game between the San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday. While it remains uncertain where, or if, Crawford will play in MLB next year, his enduring connection to the Bay Area is evident.