SF Giants: 3 Players who will not be back in 2022
3. Donovan Solano
This may be the most controversial of the three Giants that are likely to not return in 2022. Donovan Solano did not have a bad year in 2021 by any stretch of the imagination. He hit .280/.344/.404 with seven home runs and 31 RBI.
He dealt with injuries and was essentially a platoon player by the end of the season but who could forget this incredible moment against the Atlanta Braves:
"Donny Barrels" has made a reputation of being clutch in his time with the Giants, and I would be convinced that the Giants would be willing to bring him back in 2022 if it were not for the emergence of Thairo Estrada.
Estrada may not be able to hit for average the same way that Donny did in 2019 and 2020, but he put up similar numbers to Solano last season in about half as many games played and had some memorable moments of his own
Plus, Estrada proved that he can play second base, shortstop, third base, and even left field if necessary. That versatility is a huge advantage over Solano who the Giants are really only comfortable putting at second base.
This is not even to mention Tommy La Stella who is under contract for the next two years and emerged as a solid leadoff man against right-handed pitching late in the season. With those two guys already coming back next year for the Giants, Donny Barrels may be the odd man out at second base.
It will not be easy to see any of the three guys in this article leave San Francisco. They have all endeared themselves to Giants fans in their time with the team but it just seems that there is not enough room for them on the team's roster going into 2022.