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Giants: Four middle infield targets post-Winter Meetings

Potential Giants target Travis Shaw. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Potential Giants target Travis Shaw. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Potential Giants target Travis Shaw. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Potential Giants target Travis Shaw. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

2B/3B Travis Shaw

After back-to-back strong seasons at the plate, Travis Shaw fell off of the map in 2019.

From 2017-18, the left-handed hitter produced a .258/.347/.4977 line with 63 home runs and 183 RBI in 1,193 plate appearances.

However, last season was a different story. Shaw posted a .157/.281/.270 line across 270 plate appearances, including an unsightly 33 percent strikeout rate. Despite those struggles, Shaw still offers some of the highest upside of any free-agent infielder.

The 30-year-old will look to re-establish value after a down year, and the San Francisco Giants might be able to offer that opportunity. Shaw has experience at third base, second base, and first base, meaning he fits where the Giants need depth.

Mauricio Dubon is penciled in as the Opening Day second baseman, but team president Farhan Zaidi has hinted that the Giants will experiment with Dubon in the outfield. There could be potential playing time for Shaw at second base as well as third base, especially if the Giants pursue a loose platoon with Evan Longoria.

Given how Shaw produced as recently as 2018, he should have plenty of interested suitors as a free agent. If the Giants want to add a left-handed hitting slugger who can handle multiple infield positions, Shaw is certainly a fit. Additionally, if he regains his 2017-2018 form, he would be a desirable asset at the trade deadline.

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