With the Winter Meetings in the rearview the San Francisco Giants still have multiple areas to address, including middle infield depth.
Veteran journeyman Donovan Solano was a nice surprise in 2019 and he will return as one of the team’s utility infielders.
The Giants have also brought back Cristhian Adames on a minor league free-agent pact. Adames received 24 plate appearances with the Giants at the end of 2019, but he has major league experience at shortstop, second base, third base, and first base.
Lastly, the Giants picked up infielder Zack Cozart in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. Cozart was an NL All-Star in 2017, but he has appeared in only 96 games over the past two seasons due to injuries. As a right-handed bat, he is not necessarily an ideal fit and may not even be on the Opening Day roster. Trading for him was simply a means to acquiring prospect Will Wilson.
Despite Cozart’s presence, the Giants will still look to add middle infield depth.
John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote: “Zaidi also is pursuing a lefty-hitting infielder who could spell third baseman Evan Longoria and second baseman Mauricio Dubon, both of whom bat right-handed.”
Free agency is flush with middle infield options, and the Giants have the payroll flexibility to make additions.
A number of options make sense for the Giants.
Brock Holt looks like an obvious fit on paper. He can play multiple positions, so he is a fit for almost any team. However, he may be looking for more playing time than is typical for a utility infielder, so he will likely wind up elsewhere.