Mark Canha is set to be one of the more intriguing players in free agency this offseason. While his overall numbers may not appear to be enough to put him at the top of the free agent market, Canha has been far more than his raw statistics would indicate. His defensive versatility and solid production will make him a coveted player once free agency begins.
It is possible that Canha will not need to move too far in free agency. According to reports, the San Francisco Giants plan to target versatile free agents this offseason, with a player such as Canha being near the top of their list.
San Francisco Giants may target Mark Canha in free agency
To be fair, that report also notes that the Oakland A’s plan to pursue Canha as well in hopes to keep him in town. However, given budgetary concerns, and the Giants’ wide open payroll heading into the offseason, it is fair to wonder if they will be able to match other offers that he would potentially receive.
Canha posted a typically solid year in 2021. He had a .231/.358/.387 batting line in his 625 plate appearances, hitting 17 homers and 22 doubles while stealing 12 bases. He also spent time at all three outfield positions this year and has experience at first base.
That versatility has been a large part of his value in Oakland. Canha has been able to produce at an above average rate while providing solid defense anywhere he has played. While the A’s value that type of versatility highly, the Giants do as well.
This could mean that the A’s will have a particularly rough offseason. There are reports that the Mariners are interested in Marcus Semien, which would be a reminder for 19 games of what the A’s had lost. Having Canha across the bay would just be more salt on that wound.
The San Francisco Giants are expected to pursue Mark Canha this offseason. The Oakland A’s may find a familiar face across the bay.