7 SF Giants second base options to consider for 2022
The return of an old friend and a second baseman already on the roster
6. Solano and La Stella
Not much more needs to be said about Solano and La Stella that was not already said in the opening. Solano will be 34-years-old in 2022, had a negative defensive WAR (-0.7), but contributed seven home runs and 31 RBI. Should he be the full-time second baseman? Probably not. Much like Solano, Tommy La Stella is past the point of his career where he should be a full-time starter in the majors, but the Giants are on the hook for $5.5M in 2022 and $11.5M in 2023 -- his age-34 season. La Stella had a negative defensive WAR (-0.2), as well and contributed seven home runs this past season. If you want to find a difference and make an argument between which one of these two you'd want, here's a start:
La Stella struck out less (10.7 K% compared to Solano's 16.9%) and walked *oh so slightly* more than Solano (7.4 BB% compared to 7.3%). Sure, it doesn't seem like much but La Stella striking out almost six percent less could be what helps the Giants decide between a 33-year-old and a 34-year-old for a full-time major league starting role.