It may be time for the SF Giants to move on from beloved veteran infielder

The SF Giants should consider moving on from Wilmer Flores.
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The SF Giants will have some difficult roster decisions to make in the coming weeks as players return from injury. They may be faced with an unpopular decision to move on from their beloved veteran infielder Wilmer Flores.

It may be time for the SF Giants to move on from beloved veteran infielder

Flores signed with the Giants in 2020 and quickly became a fan favrotie with his impressive hitting and walk up song from the TV show Friends. He has become a leader on the team since he has been in San Francisco and has largely provided the team with good play. So why would the Giants decide to move on from him?

Really, it comes down to his struggles at the plate this season. While Flores had to carry the offense in the second half last year, turning in an impressive season that saw him hit .284/.355/.509 with 23 home runs and 60 RBI, that success has not translated to 2024. He is currently hitting just .206 with 4 home runs and 25 RBI.

This makes sense because he has seen a reduced role this season. With the signing of Jorge Soler to be the DH and with the success of LaMonte Wade Jr. that meant that Wilmer had limited opportunities. He has gotten much more playing time since the injury to Wade, but he has yet to capitalize on it.

When players like Mike Yastrzemski and LaMonte Wade Jr. come off the IL, the Giants are going to have tough decisions to make. Brett Wisely and Heliot Ramos are establishing themselves as everyday players right now and should not be sent down. Perhaps someone like Nick Ahmed could be released, but eventually the Giants will have to figure out what to do with Wilmer.

Flores could conceivably be traded as he certainly has value for a contending team in need of a solid bench player who could also be a good option to pinch hit. It would not be a popular move, but it may be the right one for the team so they can keep their younger players in the big leagues.

The Giants are eventually going to have to make some tough calls about who stays on the roster. That could potentially mean the end of Wilmer Flores' time with the Giants.