San Francisco Giants: Potential free-agent targets to improve infield depth

Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 26: Brock Holt #12 of the Boston Red Sox at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 26, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Brock Holt

Brock Holt hits from the left side and has major league experience at seven different positions. The super-utility player posted a .297/.369/.402 line in 295 plate appearances for the Boston Red Sox in 2019, and he is now set to test free agency for the first time in his career.

The 31-year-old made $3.5 million in 2019 and likely will not command a huge raise in terms of average annual value (AAV). Still, the Boston Red Sox recently announced that they plan to cut payroll in 2020, so Holt’s former employer may not have the resources to re-sign him.

Given Holt’s versatility with the glove, it would be easy for the future San Francisco Giants manager to pencil him into the lineup. Most of his experience with the glove has been at third base and second base, so he could serve as a platoon complement to either Dubon or Evan Longoria.

He also has experience at either corner outfield spot, and if the Giants wanted to feature a left-handed heavy lineup, they would have plenty of options to start Holt.

Holt also comes with a relatively lengthy track record of success. The same cannot be said for Dubon or Solano, while Crawford seems to be on the decline.

Holt, a 2015 AL All-Star, will not have contract demands that are prohibitive by any means, and he would represent a clear upgrade to the roster. Adding a player of his caliber would continue Zaidi’s trend of making smart baseball moves.

Similar to Holt, Howie Kendrick will be another quality, versatile infielder who will be available on the free-agent market.