Things have not gone according to plan for the 2023 SF Giants. So far, the club has limped to an 18-23 record which puts them fourth in the National League West, above only the Rockies.
3 former SF Giants failing miserably with their new teams in 2023
Newcomers like Mikchael Conforto, Mitch Haniger and Sean Manaea were all expected to play key roles for the team, but instead the entire trio has had difficulties getting going both at the plate and on the mound. However, this does not necessarily mean that holding on to some old friends from the past year or two would have been much better of a choice for the Giants.
As a matter of fact, the vast majority of the departing players (mainly in free agency) have scuffled on their new clubs. Brandon Belt is right on the border of this conversation, but his recent hot streak for the Toronto Blue Jays earns him a pass.
Let's take a look at 3 former SF Giants players who are failing miserably with their new clubs in 2023.
Prior to joining the Giants ahead of the 2021 campaign, La Stella had quietly turned himself into a nice ball player, even making the 2019 All-Star Game along the way. Unfortunately, it seemed that his best days were already behind him by the time he made his way to the Bay Area.
In a total of 136 games for the Giants across two years, the versatile infielder hit just nine home runs with 41 RBI, a .245 average and an OPS+ of 86. The decision to let him go was an easy one for the Giants' front office, and his performance in 2023 proves that even more.
La Stella opened the current season as a member of the Seattle Mariners and his bat was, in a word, atrocious. In a total of 12 games, he had four hits in 21 at-bats with a .190 average, .530 OPS and an OPS+ of 53. This was enough for the Mariners to cut bait, as he has already been designated for assignment and released.