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SF Giants: Three left-handed infielders to target for Longoria platoon

By Nick San Miguel
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SF Giants: Three left-handed infielders to target for Longoria platoon

1. Jake Lamb

Many SF Giants fans are familiar with third baseman Jake Lamb from his days as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He was a pesky thorn in the side of the Giants for a number of years, not owning them in the way of a Goldschmidt or Arenado, but having success nonetheless. In 77 career games against the Giants, he has hit .272/.380/.517 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI.

The Giants acquiring a former Diamondback who has given them trouble in the past is not without precedent as the team acquired Wilmer Flores after he seemingly got a hit every time he went to the plate against the Giants.

Of course, Lamb has not enjoyed his success against the Giants against the rest of the league as of late. Last season as a member of the White Sox and Blue Jays he hit a dismal .194/.306/368. This does not inspire much confidence in him heading into 2022, but the Giants may target Lamb as a low-risk high-reward acquisition who they can invite to Spring Training to see if the warm Arizona air can rekindle his former self.

Aside from hitting from the left side of the plate, Lamb also plays third base, first base, and the corner outfield spots which makes him a a good match in terms of versatility.

Of course, the only way Lamb would make the big league roster is if he tore the cover off the ball in Spring Training. While it is unlikely, the Giants may take a chance on this former nemesis to see if he could platoon with Longoria at third or be a solid backup.

But if the Giants decide they want a safer bet in the infield, there are other options for them.

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