3 SF Giants players will enter camp with no minor league options remaining
2. Thairo Estrada
Yet another Zaidi diamond in the rough find, Thairo Estrada's place as the everyday starting second baseman is secure to begin the year. Estrada has emerged as one of the best players on the team and one of its leaders.
Last season, Estrada slashed .271/.315/.416 with 14 home runs and 49 RBI in 120 games. He has turned into a really solid contributor for the team and is one of the only true threats on the bases as he stole 23 bases last year and 21 the year before.
While he is out of options, this has no bearing for his hold of a roster spot. He enters the 2024 season as the everyday second baseman. No questions about that.
3. Joey Bart
This is where things get interesting. Former first-round pick Joey Bart seems to be in limbo. With Patrick Bailey emerging as the catcher of the future for the Giants, Bart's time in San Francisco seems all but over. He has no minor league options remaining which is why it would behoove the Giants to trade him before the regular season so they can at least get something for him without just having to cut him.
The only problem is that Bart does not have a ton of trade value given his injury history and his struggles in the big leagues. The Giants may not be able to get a ton for him, but one would think a team would be willing to take a flier on him given that he seems to have the physical traits that would make him a solid big league catcher.
The Giants will likely do all they can to work out a deal with another team so they at least get a minor return on their investment. Perhaps, he begins the season on the Opening Day roster if the Giants sustain multiple injuries at catcher. That said, it bears mentioning that they currently have five players on the 40-man roster who can catch.
We will note that while details such as minor league options are publicly available, teams, at times, do occasionally get a fourth minor league option for a player who has missed substantial time due to injuries. That likely will not apply to any of the three mentioned above.