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5 Non-Tendered Players the San Francisco Giants Could Use

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Tom Koehler
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 11: Tom Koehler
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 19: Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets the force out of Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals at second base but cannot turn the double play in the seventh inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre on September 19, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 19: Ryan Goins #17 of the Toronto Blue Jays gets the force out of Salvador Perez #13 of the Kansas City Royals at second base but cannot turn the double play in the seventh inning during MLB game action at Rogers Centre on September 19, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

2B Ryan Goins

Koehler’s former teammate, Goins hasn’t had a positive WAR since 2015, but the second baseman could prove to be a worthwhile utility player who can provide depth around the infield. While he lacks much pop and speed, his defense has always been average-to-above average.

The 29-year old has shown some instances of being a quality major leaguer as well over his time in Toronto, as this past September he hit to the tune of .280/.326/.439. While he’s never been someone who walks a lot, that stat line is generally encouraging.

Goins hits righties a little bit better than he hits lefties, so he could spell a potential starter at third base like Christian Arroyo or Todd Frazier there on days when a lefty is pitching. He also has some history playing in the outfield, which could make him a low-cost alternative to utility men like Eduardo Nunez and Howie Kendrick.

Overall, Goins is going to be one of the last guys added to a roster, and he again would not be someone who would require much of a commitment.

If the Giants end up liking their internal candidates like Miguel Gomez, Kelby Tomlinson, or Ryder Jones more in Spring Training, they can give them looks and release the admittedly low-ceiling Goins.

He could be a fine infield bench complement to someone like Tomlinson who hit righties at a solid .270/.371/.324 rate last season. While a generally unexciting combination of players, they could get the job done better than the backups did last season.

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