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SF Giants: Three players who will not be back in 2021

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of game two of their double header at Oracle Park on September 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of game two of their double header at Oracle Park on September 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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SF Giants, Sam Coonrod
Sam Coonrod #65 of the SF Giants is relieved by manager Gabe Kapler. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

The SF Giants wrapped up a productive 2020 season. As they look ahead though, they will not be able to invite everyone back for a run in 2021.

The SF Giants finished the shortened 2020 season at 29-31, barely missing out on the playoffs. As they reassess things in the offseason, there are a number of players on the 2020 team who will be free agents and may not return to the team.

The Giants made clear that they were closer to the postseason than we may have thought. Even though the bizarre 2020 season had rule changes and a new Wild Card format, it stands to reason that the Giants will want to bring back some of the players who helped them get in the conversation this season.

Some players like Kevin Gausman and Drew Smyly seem like good fits to return, especially with the dearth of promising young pitching ready for the big leagues in the Giants farm system. However, Farhan Zaidi has surprised us before with various unexpected moves in the past.

So there are absolutely no locks, especially with a player like Gausman who may nearly double his salary from last year and could possibly pitch for a contender looking for another solid arm. With no certainty as to who will stay or leave, let us examine which players are most likely to be playing for a different team in 2021.

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