Five Players the San Francisco Giants Need to Make Room on 40 Man For

By Michael Saltzman
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 22: Stephen Vogt #12 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates a solo home run during the second inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on September 22, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 22: Stephen Vogt #12 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates a solo home run during the second inning of a game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on September 22, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: Yangervis Solarte #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields a a ground ball hit by Trey Mancini #16 (not pictured) of the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning during a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 17, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD – SEPTEMBER 17: Yangervis Solarte #26 of the Toronto Blue Jays fields a a ground ball hit by Trey Mancini #16 (not pictured) of the Baltimore Orioles in the fourth inning during a baseball game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 17, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Yangervis Solarte

Solarte is the only infielder that might force the Giants to change their 25 man outlook. Like Rivera, he was brought in by the Giants best recruiter, Sandoval.

Solarte, who also has major league experience with the Padres, is a nice addition to the bench and the Giants infield. He can play multiple positions, including shortstop, where the Giants 25 man has been thin in recent years behind Brandon Crawford.

If he makes the team, it might mean saying goodbye to Alen Hanson. Hanson, who is out of options and must make the team out of camp, is the team’s other infield option on the bubble.

Joe Panik, Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt and Sandoval seem like locks for the 25 man roster.

The team could decide to keep both Hanson and Solarte and save one less outfielder or pitcher, but that remains to be seen. In most recent years, the team has kept two infielders and two outfielders along with a backup catcher on their bench. For that reason, both Solarte and Hanson are looked at as possible options in left field to give themselves a better chance at being kept.

Solarte has the second most at bats this spring and is hitting a respectable slashline of .276/.300/.478 for an OPS of .778.

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