New Giants third baseman Matt Chapman felt like it was destiny to reunite with his former manager.

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After taking a closer look at his options, the four-time Gold Glove third baseman, Matt Chapman, felt a strong pull to return to the Bay Area.

“It just felt like it was meant to be,” Chapman shared from the San Francisco Giants’ spring training base in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I believe we have some unfinished business.”

A native of California, Chapman was officially welcomed as a member of the Giants, sealing a deal worth $54 million over three years at the team’s spring training location. This reunion also brings him back under the guidance of his former manager, Bob Melvin, whom he had played under for five seasons from 2017 to 2021 during their time with the Oakland Athletics across the bay.

“I truly felt like we were building something special with the A’s – unfortunately, that got taken away from us,” Chapman expressed. “Coming back here, being a part of an organization like the Giants, a team unafraid to invest, acquire free agents, retain players, and continue improving, exemplifies all the characteristics of a championship-caliber franchise.”

Meanwhile, the Giants have demonstrated their willingness to make significant investments this off-season as they strive to keep pace with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the highly competitive National League West. The Dodgers, fresh off a 100-win season, have made substantial moves such as signing Japanese stars Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto for over $1 billion, while the D-backs surprised many by making a run to the World Series in the previous season.

Chapman is the latest addition to the Giants’ roster following outfielder Jorge Soler’s three-year, $43-million deal, reliever Jordan Hicks’ four-year, $44-million contract, and catcher Tom Murphy’s two-year, $8.25-million agreement. His contract includes player options for the 2025 and 2026 seasons, along with a mutual option for 2027, offering potential earnings of $20 million for one year, $38 million for two years, $54 million for three years, or $73 million for four years.

If Chapman performs as anticipated in 2024, he can explore free agency once again.

“This year’s market was certainly unique, and the free agency process had its quirks,” Chapman observed. “Our objective was to secure either a long-term deal that reflected my value, or in its absence, opt for a short-term contract with opportunities to reassess and believe in myself.”

In the previous season, Chapman posted a batting average of .240 with 17 home runs, 54 RBIs, and a .755 OPS in 140 games. Despite a strong start where he hit .384 with a 1.152 OPS and 21 RBIs by the end of April, his performance dipped, concluding the season at .205 with five homers, 15 RBIs, and a .663 OPS in the latter half.

Chapman attributed his offensive struggles in the latter months to a sprained middle finger on his left hand, a problem that he has since fully recovered from.

His agent, Scott Boras, highlighted the numerous opportunities available to Chapman and expressed confidence that the 30-year-old is entering the peak phase of his career.

“We’ve seen this trend with players like [Adrian] Beltre or [Mike] Schmidt – when you review the performances of various third basemen, many hit their stride after turning 30 and maintain exceptional levels of play,” Boras remarked. “Several third basemen have even experienced their most outstanding seasons at ages 34 or 35.”

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