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San Francisco Giants state of the position: Second base

Nick San Miguel
SF Giants infielder Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SF Giants infielder Mauricio Dubon. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 11: Eric Sogard #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of relief pitcher Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on August 11, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Rays won the game 1-0. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA – AUGUST 11: Eric Sogard #9 of the Tampa Bay Rays rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run off of relief pitcher Wade LeBlanc #49 of the Seattle Mariners during the fourth inning of a game at T-Mobile Park on August 11, 2019 in Seattle, Washington. The Rays won the game 1-0. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images) /

Fellow Around the Foghorn writer Jeff Young highlighted three options the San Francisco Giants could go after in free agency to bolster the middle infield—Brock Holt, Howie Kendrick, and Ben Zobrist.

We’ll focus here on some of the other free-agent options worth exploring.

Former Oakland Athletics second baseman Eric Sogard put together a nice year splitting his time between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays.

The 34-year-old hit .290/.353/.457 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI, but he might fit better on a contending team willing to pay up for a quality super-utility player.

Another available veteran is Brian Dozier. He would be pricey, but he would also add some needed pop after hitting 20 home runs this year with the Washington Nationals. He lacks the power he possessed during his time with the Minnesota Twins, but he can still hit the ball out of the yard.

He’s also up there in age at 32 years old, and after signing a one-year, $9 million deal last offseason, he might cost more than Farhan Zaidi is willing to pay with more pressing needs on the pitching side of things.

One interesting low-cost option is Wilmer Flores who hit a ridiculous .583/.615/1.083 in 26 plate appearances with three doubles and three home runs against the Giants this season as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 28-year-old hit .317/.361/.487 with nine home runs and 37 RBI overall and he has always raked against left-handed pitching. His versatility also adds value, as he has the ability to play first base, second base, and third base.

At the end of the day, it’s unlikely the Giants will look to sign an everyday option at second base. There are more pressing needs than second base and Dubon showed enough in his brief audition to inspire confidence.

However, they could look for some additional depth, and someone like Flores is an intriguing fit.

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