Who will be the 26th man on the roster?
The 2020 season will be the first year that will feature a 26-man roster, so it will be interesting to see how the Giants use that extra roster spot.
Conventional wisdom might lead one to believe that having a pitcher as the 26th man makes sense, especially with as weak of a rotation and bullpen as the team has.
However, there has been some speculation that Pablo Sandoval could be used in that spot solely as a pinch hitter. He would not be able to field for that time because he is still recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he could prove to be valuable coming off the bench to hit in late-inning scenarios.
To begin the season, they may just go with an extra reliever for the bullpen, but once Sandoval is fully healthy, I think he should definitely be the 26th man just for what he provides defensively, with the bat, and as a service to the fans and the clubhouse.
So there you have it, five questions the Giants need to answer by the end of spring training. Let’s hope that the preseason brings some added clarity to these questions so the Giants have a set roster heading into the season.