Report: Giants interested in Blue Jays’ Kevin Pillar


Toronto Blue Jays centre-fielder Kevin Pillar. (Winslow Townson/AP)

The San Francisco Giants have reportedly discussed Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, according to NBC Sports’ Alex Pavlovic.

Pillar is in the second year of arbitration eligibility and won’t become a free agent until 2021.

Recently hired president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi added two outfielders to the Giants’ 40-man roster, but is reportedly still looking for a major-league contributor who could platoon with left-handed prospect Steven Duggar in an attempt to remain competitive while rebuilding.

Pillar, who bats right-handed, has played six seasons with the Blue Jays since being drafted in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft. The 29-year-old, who is better known for his defence, has a career .261/.298/.398 slash line with 55 home runs, 230 RBIs and 69 stolen bases.

The Giants also drafted Blue Jays pitching prospect Travis Bergen in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, the final day of the winter meetings.

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