On Mike Yastrzemski, the Giants make a crucial decision.
Although Mike Yastrzemski's 2022 campaign wasn't the best, the San Francisco Giants announced on Friday that they would be bringing him back for the next campaign.
According to a tweet from MLB Network Insider Mark Feinsand, the Giants and Yastrzemski have avoided arbitration after coming to an agreement on a $6.1 million salary for 2023.
Last season, Yastrzemski produced a slash line of.214/.305/.392 with 17 home runs and 57 RBI. The Giants are counting on Yastrzemski to recapture his form from 2021.
During that time, the outfielder hit 25 home runs, drove in 71 runs, and had a batting line of.224/.311/.457.The Giants have given the grandson of Boston Red Sox star
and Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski evidence that he can make a difference at the Major League level. Despite a lower than desired hitting average, Yastrzemski has demonstrated
his ability to hit the long ball, score runs, and have a good command of the strike zone.In 2021, the 32-year-old took 51 walks, and 61 more during the previous campaign.
He is also a good defensive player, which is important for a club that struggled during the 2022 season in various defensive categories.On a squad in 2022 that allowed an MLB-worst
minus-44 defensive runs saved, Yastrzemski's defense stood out.His inability to hit left-handed pitchers was one of his main at-bat problems.
Additionally, he suffered a decline in his percentage of home runs hit (to 3.1%) and an increase in his strikeout rate (25.3%).