A pair of former All-Stars among the players the SF Giants should consider for infield depth
1. Elvis Andrus
Giants fans will remember Elvis Andrus from the 2010 World Series when he was just 21 years old. Now he is a veteran two-time All-Star and could make sense as a backup to Luciano and something of a mentor to him.
He is not much of a threat with the bat anymore as he slashed .251/.304/.358 with 6 home runs and 44 RBI last season for the White Sox.
But he is still a solid glove at shortstop and has added a good amount of time at second base and third base in recent seasons.
He could be a good option for the team as they have been looking for some extra depth up the middle especially since a lot of their internal options like Casey Schmitt and Tyler Fitzgerald seem a bit too green to be trusted at this point.
Andrus would make sense on a one year deal to come in and provide a little stability as Luciano and the other young infielders get their sea legs.
2. Nick Ahmed
Giants fans will be familiar with Nick Ahmed for the many years he spent as the shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was released last season towards the end of the year.
As a two-time Gold Glove winner, Ahmed is very much a glove-first option similar to Andrus. His career offensive numbers have been paltry except for two seasons in 2018 and 2019 where he was productive with the bat.
He will be entering his age-34 season, and like Andrus would make sense on a minor-league deal as someone of a bridge while the Giants sort out their young infielders. These options highlight the fact that the trade market is the better route for the front office.