Role #3: Utility man
With the ability to play all four infield spots, Flores is the ideal utility man.
Instead of starting or even platooning him, the Giants may opt to have him on the bench to pinch hit or to come in the game in a double switch to give starters a rest if they’re tired or struggling.
He could definitely be a Donovan Solano type player who hits well and can play all over the infield, but Flores has the added benefit of playing first base, while Solano is more of a middle infielder.
This may be the role he would best serve the team in to begin the year.
I’m not giving up on my idea of having him in the No. 2 spot in the order and starting at second base with Dubon batting leadoff and playing center field to begin the year. Still, the utility role may be the one he is most comfortable in.
If he hits well enough to force his way into the lineup, then the Giants will need to find a regular spot for him, but easing him into the mix as a utility man looks like the best approach.
Regardless of his role, it is safe to say that the acquisition of Wilmer Flores makes the San Francisco Giants a better team in 2020.