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.