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Deep FA market for outfielders playing to Giants' advantage

Dexter Fowler and Denard Span are two of the free-agent outfielders capable of playing center field. Getty Images

If the season started today, the arrangement of the San Francisco Giants' position players would probably look like this:

C Buster Posey
1B Brandon Belt
2B Joe Panik
SS Brandon Crawford
3B Matt Duffy
RF Hunter Pence
CF Angel Pagan
LF Gregor Blanco

That's according to the depth chart on the team's website anyway.

But odds are that Blanco is just a placeholder, much like Mike Lamb was the placeholder third baseman for the Yankees for a few days in the winter of 2004, after Aaron Boone wrecked his knee. A week later, the Yankees traded for Alex Rodriguez, ending the Mike Lamb era.

The Giants probably don't have their starting left fielder for 2016 on their roster yet, but by the time spring training begins seven weeks from now, they presumably will -- and it's almost certainly going to be somebody really good, like Dexter Fowler, because there are so many options available.

The number of unemployed outfielders is enormous, considering how deep we are into the offseason: Fowler, Yoenis Cespedes, Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, Denard Span, Gerardo Parra, Austin Jackson and many others. You could also throw Ian Desmond into that mix, because some teams are open to using Desmond as a left fielder, in a super-utility role. Additionally, the Reds are looking to dump Jay Bruce’s contract, and the Rockies are willing to trade Carlos Gonzalez or Charlie Blackmon.