Brandon Crawford might not be done yet.
The longtime San Francisco Giants shortstop received multiple standing ovations in an emotional sendoff from Oracle Park on the last day of the season in October, when Giants fans said goodbye to their shortstop for the last 13 years.
But Crawford said after that game that he would take his time to make a decision on his future and discuss it with his family.
And on Tuesday, his agent, Joel Wolfe, told the San Francisco Chronicle that Crawford has been getting interest from clubs and is listening to offers as he weighs his future.
“He’s been with the Giants his whole life, literally, so it’s hard for him to imagine life anywhere else, but he’s listening,” Wolfe said at the general manager’s meetings. “Several teams have called and asked if he’d consider going somewhere.”
It might not be easy for Crawford to find a guaranteed major league contract, however. He’ll turn 37 in January and is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he hit just .194 with a .597 OPS and seven home runs in 93 games. The year before, he hit just .231 with a .652 OPS.
But he’s known as a leader in the clubhouse and could be a valuable asset to a young team looking for a veteran infielder.
The Giants are expected to turn his position over to Marco Luciano, the 22-year-old super prospect who saw his first 14 games of big league action this year.
Crawford, who was born in Mountain View, will reportedly take his time before making a decision.
He watched his four children throw out ceremonial first pitches in the final game of the season, then told reporters it was a “dream come true” playing his entire career for the Giants.
“Pretending to be Giants players in the backyard, growing up coming to games, the dream was always to play for the Giants, not necessarily to win a couple of World Series and be here for 13 years,” he said.