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Which Giants infielders will make the Opening Day roster?

Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Giants first baseman Brandon Belt. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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Giants infielder Pablo Sandoval. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Rounding out the roster

Heading into spring training, the Giants do not have one clear-cut candidate for the backup catcher role just yet.

There are two prime contenders to backup Buster Posey: Aramis Garcia and Tyler Heineman.

Garcia appears to be the early favorite, due in part to the fact that he can play both catcher and first base, but the recently signed Heineman is an intriguing switch hitting option.

It will likely come down to one of these two, and who hits better during spring training could ultimately determine who wins the job.

Then there is the question of what will happen with Pablo Sandoval.

After his 2019 season was cut short due to an arm injury and subsequent Tommy John surgery in early September, Sandoval received a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The “Kung-Fu Panda” proved he could still be a valuable bat on a major league roster last season by hitting .268/.313/.507 with 14 home runs in 296 plate appearances.

The Giants may feel content letting him play for one last season as a goodwill gesture to fans during the rebuilding year as he’s still capable of providing a spark off the bench and in the clubhouse.

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