SF Giants DH candidates: Pablo Sandoval
When the original spring training was going on, it appeared as if Sandoval was going to have to battle for a roster spot. With rosters set to expand to 30 this season, he should be good to make the team. Sandoval should also be fully healthy after being injured during spring training in March.
However, this could be the perfect chance for him to be on the roster. After all, he’s another player who has served in this role previously when the team had to play in American League parks. He’s also shown the ability to produce even when he’s not an everyday player, so that should help him land this role.
By far the biggest reason for him to be the everyday DH is his switch-hitting ability combined with the power he can add to the lineup. On top of that, this is a way to keep him from getting injured and get some much-needed production from him.
Sandoval has had his last two seasons cut short due to injuries, so the tiny number of games and the DH is a good way for him to make it through the whole season.
Sandoval also has plenty of incentive to do well, too. After all, he is only on a one-year minor league deal that means he has to prove himself to get another nice payday.
While all options are plausible, this is the one the Giants should go with. Using Sandoval as the DH just seems like a perfect match.