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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 Yolmer Sanchez. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
Potential Giants target Yolmer Sanchez. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

2B/3B Yolmer Sanchez

Compared to Travis Shaw, Yolmer Sanchez has a profile more befitting a utility infielder.

In a mild surprise, the Chicago White Sox decided to non-tender the 2019 American League Gold Glove winner at second base.

That decision was due in part to Sanchez’s lack of offensive production. The White Sox were not comfortable with the infielder’s projected arbitration figure given that he has generated a 80 OPS+ in 2,438 plate appearances throughout his career.

Despite that, the 27-year-old still offers plenty of overall value. Below are Sanchez’s WAR totals since 2017, according to Baseball Reference:

  • 2017: 3.5 WAR
  • 2018: 2.6 WAR
  • 2019: 2.1 WAR

The Giants do not have an infielder who has posted a 2+ WAR in each of the last three seasons while wearing the Orange and Black.

In addition, Sanchez is a switch-hitter who can fill in at second base, third base, and shortstop. As evidenced by his Gold Glove credentials, he is capable of moving around the diamond despite having limited experience at shortstop.

As a team, the Giants posted 46 DRS in 2019, which ranked as ninth-best in baseball, so adding a defense-first player may not make a lot of sense for a team that struggled to get meaningful offensive contributions on the infield.

The Giants will have to consider whether Sanchez’s defensive value outweighs his below-average bat.

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