3 SF Giants players who made the Opening Day roster but won't finish the year on it
1. Corner infielder J.D. Davis
Davis, 29, is a man without a position for the 2023 Giants. He has lined up at third base, first base and left field over the course of his seven-year career but does not play any of them particularly well.
Acquired last year at the trade deadline for a package including Darin Ruf (who is a comparable player to Davis), he hit well on his new club in a 49-game showing (eight home runs, 140 OPS+) but remained without a solid defensive home.
During the current season, Davis has made three appearances; two at third base and one at first. He is a guy who can also spend time at designated hitter on days Joc Pederson either has off or plays first/outfield, so there are at-bats to be had for Davis. The main issue, if there was one, is that Davis and Wilmer Flores are essentially the exact same player.
For the Giants, it depends on how long you're comfortable rostering two slow, power-hitting corner infielders who have virtually identical offensive profiles. One would think that at some point down the line, there becomes a need for some additional roster flexibility with one of these bench spots.
Davis is a solid hitter who has performed well on offense wherever he's played. He is not a free agent until the conclusion of next season and does have two minor league options left, so a demotion could be in the cards for him if he's the one the Giants choose to cut loose.