Giants: Which non-roster invitees will make Opening Day roster?

Nick San Miguel
The SF Giants moved on from corner bat Pablo Sandoval on Thursday. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
The SF Giants moved on from corner bat Pablo Sandoval on Thursday. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco Giants do not have a set roster heading into spring. Which non-roster invitees will claw their way onto the Opening Day roster?

While they have not made any flashy signings, the San Francisco Giants have still been busy this offseason adding free agents who will have a chance to fight for a spot on the roster this spring.

So goes the rebuilding year strategy.

There will be fierce competitions for spots in the rotation, the outfield, the bullpen, and multiple spots on the bench. Those position battles will be among the most intriguing storylines heading into spring training.

With 24 non-roster invitees vying for just a handful of spots, the majority of those players will not make the big league club out of spring. Of those 24 guys, there are probably only about 10 with a legitimate shot of winning a spot on the team with a strong spring.

Non-roster invitees who have a hot spring and win a spot still may not be around for long. Remember Justin Maxwell? Or what about our old pal Chris Marrero?

However, for every Marrero who falls flat, there is always the chance of finding a diamond in the rough among the non roster invites. Donovan Solano was a non-roster invite last year and he turned out to be one of the team’s most pleasant surprises in 2019.

Gregor Blanco wasn’t on anyone’s radar back in 2012 as a non-roster invite, but he ended up being a starting outfielder during two different title runs for the team.

Expecting any of this year’s non-roster invitees to capture that same magic might be wishful thinking, but there could be a few players that end up being solid contributors this season.

So let’s take a look at five non-roster invitees who have the best shot at being a member of the Opening Day roster.

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