The Giants can't figure out free agency. The problem predates Brian Sabean. It's older than AT&T Park. To their credit, the Giants have built adequate rosters through trades and the draft. But when it comes to playing the free agent market, something isn't clicking.
Like all MLB teams, the Giants have been signing free agents under the current system for 35 years. Nevertheless, the first names off the tongue are still disappointments like Zito, Rowand and Alfonzo, while lesser names like Tucker, Sanders and Finley help make up a Giant fan's share of nightmares.
There had to be some good ones, right? Didn't Willie McGee have some good years? Possibly. And Marquis Grissom ran down some fly balls in his day. Yeah, I guess.
Reality: Free Agency has been a house of horrors for the Giants.
Let's celebrate the signing season by looking back at the best free agent signings in team history. I originally planned to make a list of the Giants Top 10 free agent signings, but that would recall from a dark place names like Glenallen Hill and Stan Javier. Nobody wants that. So let's stick with five. I suppose this list could easily be called: "Five Free Agent Pleasant Surprises."
I only include for consideration those players who signed with the Giants from another team. Players who re-signed do not count. Here are some players that didn't totally bomb after coming to San Francisco via free agency.