The San Francisco Giants made arguably their splashiest move of the offseason earlier this week when they signed Wilmer Flores to a two-year deal. Where does he fit on the 2020 roster?
Wilmer Flores is a versatile player who has proven capable of producing at an above-average level offensively, so it makes sense that San Francisco Giants team president Farhan Zaidi felt he was worth a two-year, $6 million deal.
Flores spent last season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he was used primarily as a second baseman. However, he was once the starting shortstop for the New York Mets, and he has also logged time at first base and third base in the majors.
A guy who can play all four infield positions and knows what he’s doing with a bat in his hands is indeed an asset.
Last season, he hit .317/.361/.487 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 285 plate appearances.
If it felt like all of that production came against the Giants, it’s because a lot of it did. He went 14-for-24 with three doubles and three home runs against the Giants in 2019.
On a team that will be consistently looking for steady offensive production, Flores will surely come in handy. He will almost definitely be in the running for the second base job this spring, along with Mauricio Dubon and Yolmer Sanchez. Otherwise, the team could also use him in more of a Donovan Solano type utility role.
The possibilities for Flores are endless, which is what makes him such an intriguing addition.
Ahead we will take a more in-depth look at the best way Flores can be used by examining the various roles he could play, whether it is starting second baseman or super-utility man.