Giants: Four players on the roster bubble entering spring training

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Giants outfielder Steven Duggar. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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LHP Andrew Suarez, San Francisco Giants

Last season, Andrew Suarez began the year in Triple-A, but he was used a lot as a reliever at the MLB level toward the end of the year.

He held opponents scoreless in nine of his last 10 appearances, so maybe that will signal to Kapler and the front office that he would be an effective long reliever.

With a relatively weak rotation, it would not be a bad idea to have a long man in the bullpen to bring in if starters get roughed up.

D-Rod could also fit this role as a relief option, but Suarez proved more adept as a reliever by the end of the year.

His walk rate jumped to nearly 4.0 BB/9 in 2019, which is a bit alarming and not ideal for a starter. Like D-Rod, he will need to have better command of his pitches if he wants a spot on the team. He will have to prove that he is versatile enough to fill a long relief, starter, and maybe even a late-inning relief role against lefties.