3 former SF Giants failing miserably with their new teams in 2023
Unlike La Stella, Donovan Solano waited until he joined the Giants to put up the best offensive numbers of his career. He had been a weak-hitting utilityman for the Marlins and Yankees for five years before becoming a reliable contributor for the Giants for parts of three seasons.
In 236 games for the club, he hit 14 home runs, drove in 83, had a .308 batting average and a 113 OPS+, posting 4.1 bWAR along the way. After a strong 2021 performance, he became a free agent and turned it into a one-year deal with the Reds. He made 80 uninspring appearances for them last season, posting an OPS+ of 97 (three percent below league-average) and was once again sent to the open market.
Now, Solano finds himself as a member of the Minnesota Twins infield picture. So far, he seems to be reverting back to his pre-Giants days more than anything. At the plate, he has managed to hit just .253 (21-for-83) in 32 games, failing to hit a home run and driving in just five. His OPS has dipped down to .666 and his 88 OPS+ is the lowest he's had in quite some time.
Fortunately for the Twins, he is playing out a cheap deal and can be cut loose without any real financial blows. The fact that he's gradually been declining since leaving the Giants suggests that the club cut bait at exactly the right time.