The San Francisco Giants and infielder Conor Gillaspie have agreed to a one year contract, according to Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports.
According to Heyman, the San Francisco Giants have agreed to pay Gillaspie $1.4 million in 2017.
Gillaspie, the former first round pick of the Giants, came back to San Francisco in 2016 as a utility player. He took over the starting third baseman job after Matt Duffy was traded and Eduardo Nunez was injured.
The former prospect turned veteran became one of the most consistent hitters down the stretch for the Giants and helped the team fight their way into the playoffs. In game 162, Gillaspie made one of the best catches of the year against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers to help seal the victory and the post-season for San Francisco.
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His three run home run off of Jeurys Familia in the 8th inning of the National League Wild Card game was as big a hit as any in recent playoff history. In the month of October, Gillaspie hit .421/.421/.684 for an OPS of 1.105.
The Giants are set at several key positions heading into 2017, but third base is still very much up for grabs. Gillaspie signed makes the outlook at third a little clearer as he will be one of the first choices at the position.
Gillaspie is likely to begin 2017 as the primary backup to Nunez and team’s best right handed pinch hitter for the Giants.
After the performance Gillaspie had in October, re-signing with the Giants became one of the easier decisions team general manger Bobby Evans had to make this off-season.
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