The San Francisco Giants spent the majority of the off season making small moves.
That wasn’t for a lack of effort, as the San Francisco Giants were said to have pursued Marwin Gonzalez, DJ LeMaheiu and most notably Bryce Harper, among others.vHowever, the only players to have signed on the dotted line have been incremental moves.
Some were signed to major league deals, like Derek Holland, Drew Pomeranz and Pat Venditte. While Venditte has minor league options and can be sent down to the minor leagues, Holland and Pomeranz are both going to make the 25 man roster.
Some of those off season moves were for non roster invitees, who are not part of the current 40 man roster. If any player makes the team as a non roster invitee, then the Giants have decisions to make on who to remove from the 40 man roster.
The Giants have several veteran players that could be added to avoid losing them. Not only will there need to be decisions made about who would be designated for assignment from the 40 man, but then the team has to decide who to remove from the 25 man opening day roster.
Some, like Venditte, have options, and could be sent to Triple-A Sacramento in a numbers crunch. Pitchers like Andrew Suarez, Ty Blach, and Ray Black and every day players like Aramis Garcia, Chris Shaw and Austin Slater could all begin the season in Sacramento for that very reason.
The decision will likely not be made until right before opening day. So here are the most likely players the Giants might need to make room for.