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SF Giants: Who Will Be Their Starting Shortstop in 2022?

Nick San Miguel
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 10: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is set to be a free agent after the 2021 season. Could he be a future SF Giants star? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - MARCH 10: Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is set to be a free agent after the 2021 season. Could he be a future SF Giants star? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Javier Báez of the Chicago Cubs in action against the San Diego Padres during the MLB spring training game at Peoria Sports Complex on March 01, 2021, in Peoria, Arizona. Báez will be a free agent following the 2021 season. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The SF Giants head into the 2021 season with several longtime players in the final year of their contract, the future at the shortstop. While Brandon Crawford has been the team’s starter for the past decade, set to enter free agency following the season, the Giants’ future at the position remains unknown.

As soon as Farhan Zaidi was hired as the Giants president of baseball operations, most fans knew that the old gang of Giants centerpieces from the three World Series championship teams likely would not remain intact for long. Nonetheless, it will still be weird to see anyone other than Crawford suit up and play shortstop for the Giants on a regular basis.

However, with young prospects like Marco Luciano making noise as well as the impressive batch of shortstops set to hit the free-agent market this offseason, along with Crawford’s struggles in recent years (despite a pretty solid 2020), it seems increasingly likely that the Orange-and-Black may have a new player at shortstop going forward.

Who exactly that will be is anyone’s guess at this point, but there seem to be four likely paths forward for the franchise. As we head towards Opening Day, what are the most obvious paths the team could be heading next offseason.

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