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If you believe the Giants should not bother to upgrade any parts of their 40-man roster in 2020, then this post isn’t for you. This post is for those wondering just how the Giants could make some minor additions here and there that would upgrade the talent, not break the bank, and not tie up a huge percentage of payroll years from now.

Let’s start with the rotation, because that’s easily the worst part of the team.

You might say it’s the bullpen — because what good is starting pitching or an offense if the team can’t hold a lead? — but consider that with Shaun Anderson, Tyler Rogers, Wandy Peralta, Tony Watson, Trevor Gott, Jandel Gustave, and Sam Selman already in the mix and Trevor Gott himself signalling that the team always has a shot at finding a gem on the waiver wire, the bullpen might not look great when compared to last season, but it’s not completely devoid of talent.

Can the Giants really count on 34-year old Johnny Cueto to be an effective 160+ inning guy facing the likes of the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Braves? Can Jeff Samardzija survive another full season with a sub-8 K/9 and outperform his FIP by a full run again? That’s a lot to ask, and analytics-wise they both have a lot of red flags.

As much as I like Tyler Beede, he’s still developing. Logan Webb, too. Conner Menez and Andy Suarez might ultimately be dueling Ty Blachs in terms of their role on the roster (spot starter/long reliever), and I have my doubts about Dereck Rodriguez surviving Spring Training. The Giants claimed Tyler Anderson in part to stave off this rotation apocalypse and he definitely has the potential to be Hydrox Madison Bumgarner, but the actual rotation depth isn’t thin, it’s nonexistent.

Zaidi agrees!

”We’re looking at pitching depth and flexibility,” Zaidi said. “We’ve got a relatively young pitching group on our 40-man roster at this point. So we’d certainly be open to adding more veterans and more innings. We’re going to be open to anything and see what the market yields.”

Therefore, I submit to you left-handed pitcher Martín Pérez, formerly of the Twins.

He’s pitched fewer than 1,000 innings in his 8-year major league career and turns 29 just after Opening Day. He’s also coming off two confusing seasons: a 76 ERA+ in 2018, 90 ERA+ in 2019. He started 29 games and pitched 165.2 innings for Minnesota last year and it would appear the only reason why they cut him was to giving him a raise:

[...] Twins have some interest in bringing left-hander Martin Perez back in 2020, although clearly at a lower rate than the $7.5MM club option the team declined earlier this month. Speculatively speaking, it’d be interesting to see what the hard-throwing Perez could do in short relief stints, and the Twins don’t have much on the roster in terms of left-handed relief options beyond closer Taylor Rogers. Perez averaged 94.1 mph on his fastball as a starter in 2019 and would presumably see that velocity trend upward with a move to the bullpen.

I know what you’re gonna say: Bryan, you idiot, he doesn’t sound good at all!

Except, I think he kinda-sorta actually maybe could be pretty good next year, and especially if Oracle Park becomes his home stadium.

What got me thinking about Pérez in the first place was this post on the Rays’ SB Nation site, D Rays Bay: “Is Ryan Yarborough the new model for pitchers?” The premise here is that Yarborough’s talent for inducing soft contact has helped him excel (2.7 fWAR in 2019) despite a subpar skill set (84-88 mph with a cutter and sinker) and that maybe pitchers who are good at limiting hard contact especially in a mystery ball era have a distinct opportunity to succeed.

The average exit velocity against Yarborough in 2019 was 84.1 mph. His hard hit rate was 26.2%. Both of those were the best in baseball in 2019. Fifth place in both categories?

Okay, so, I spoiled the answer with the article headline, but yeah. It’s Martín Pérez.

If you set the Statcast minimum to 400 batted ball events, Martín Pérez’s contact against numbers really stand out.

85.4 mph exit velocity — top 4% of MLB
29.7% Hard Hit rate — top 7% of MLB
.304 xwOBA — 45th in MLB (of 154)
.386 xSLG — 28th in MLB (better than Paxton, Greinke, Yarbrough, Soroka)
Zaidi also mentioned in his comments about the roster goals this offseason that

“We’re still in a mode where we want to compete next year,” Zaidi said. “We want to play meaningful baseball as deep into the season as we can, which was our stated goal in 2019.”

But, yeah, I get it. The Giants stink. But what if they could add the Hydrox version of Madison Bumgarner and the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Hyun-Jin Ryu version of Hyun-Jin Ryu in the same offseason and all for the cost of one of these name brand players?

Oh, wait. I’m not pulling a Ryu comp out of nowhere. He’s 3rd on the average exit velocity leaderboard (85.3 mph) and 10th on the hard hit rate board (30.8%). Here’s a quick and dirty comp:

Pérez is younger (29 vs. 33)
Throws harder (94 mph fastball vs. 91 mph)
More durable (435.2 IP vs. 391.2 IP over the last three seasons)
Cheaper ($4 million in 2019 vs. $17.9 million)
2.3 fWAR Steamer projection vs. 2.9 fWAR
Here’s where Pérez falls down, though (2019 numbers):

1st time through order: .231/.295/.366
2nd time through order: .329/.384/.524
3rd time through order: .272/.345/.429
Pitches 1-25: .250/.327/.375
Pitches 26-50: .301/.360/.485
Pitches 51-75: .301/.374/.497
Pitches 76-100: .269/.325/.389
Pitches 101+: 0-for-6 with 2 strikeouts
Yeah, that’ll do it. Makes sense why the Twins would want to convert him into a reliever. This is also a guy who’s had a 4.95 ERA / 4.75 FIP over the last four seasons and the worst K/9 (5.75) in baseball since 2016. He has been exactly as valuable (6.4 fWAR) as Jhoulys Chacin and Julio Teheran and only more valuable (again — minimum 600 IP) than Andrew Cashner and Mike Fiers.

So, he has been an elite pitcher for rebuilding squads (first the Rangers then the Twins), which would seem to make the Giants an ideal landing spot for him. And as bad as those last four seasons have looked combined, I can’t help but notice that he raised his strikeout rate to a career-best 7.3 K/9 this past season while keeping his walk rate around where it has been the past few seasons (3.6 BB/9). He brutalized left-handed batters, too: .228/.291/.294 in 148 plate appearances. Could you imagine him facing the Dodgers?

Don’t forget that the Giants have a little bit of pitcher whispering ability in them. Do I think the Giants’ brain trust is better than the Rangers’ and Twins’ and could get Perez to ditch his sinker entirely and utilize his four-seamer or cutter more and to greater effect? Yes, absolutely. Trevor Gott is already a success story. Tyler Anderson looks setup to be another.

Maybe he doesn’t fit on the roster as a full-on starter, but maybe as an opener? A follower? The next Drew Pomeranz? This year’s Derek Holland? That might be the better comp because Zaidi paid Holland $6.5 million based on a 2-win projection for 2019, which is where Pérez projects to be for 2020. A hard-throwing lefty who gets soft contact and gets to face National League hitters and play at home in Oracle Park? In a competitive year he’d be an exciting project. In a year that figures to suck no matter what the Giants do, any diversionary projects must be embraced.

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The San Francisco Giants have claimed right-handed starter Rico Garcia off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies, using him to fill their remaining 40-man roster spot.

Garcia, 25, made his big league debut last season and was the Rockies’ No. 20 prospect.

The Giants are still looking for a manager and general manager, but that hasn’t stopped president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi from continuing his roster tinkering to make incremental improvements, announcing another series of moves after Garcia’s addition became official.

San Francisco also announced that they claimed righty Trevor Oaks off waivers from Kansas City and infielder Kean Wong off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

In acquiring Garcia, the Giants add an intriguing 30th-round pick from the 2016 draft who rocketed through the Colorado system, dominating the Double-A Eastern League in 13 starts last season (8-2, 1.85 ERA, 87 Ks in 68 IP) before getting the PCL treatment in Triple-A, going 2-4 with a 6.90 ERA.

Pitching in Colorado also didn’t do Garcia many favors, as he went 0-1 in two appearances, allowing seven earned runs in six innings.

Oaks, a seventh-round pick in 2014 by the Dodgers, made his big league debut this year and went 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA in four games (two starts), but in five minor league seasons, has gone 39-21 with a 3.26 ERA, including a 3.23 ERA as a 22-game starter in the ruinous PCL in 2018. He missed most of 2019 due to hip surgery.

Wong, a third-round pick of the Rays in 2013, had just 18 big league plate appearances last year, mustering just three hits. In seven minor league seasons, he’s slashed .287/.342/.383 and can play second, third, shortstop and all three outfield spots, making him a value add for the organization.

Adding young arms and a versatile glove with options left is very much a Zaidi move, and the kind that gave him roster flexibility during his first year in San Francisco.

San Francisco had room on the 40-man roster to add Garcia and injured starter Tyler Anderson (owner of 397 big league innings, claimed off waivers from the Rockies on Oct. 30) because Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Stephen Vogt and Pablo Sandoval entered free agency, and Kyle Barraclough was designated for assignment and outrighted to the minors.

Lefty reliever Tony Watson exercised his player option, and since the 60-day injured list disappears until the start of next spring, he was reinstated, along with Steven Duggar (shoulder) and relievers Trevor Gott (elbow) and Reyes Moronta (shoulder). The Giants also reinstated infielder Zach Green and Cristhian Adames, outrighting both of them to Triple-A and signing them both to minor league deals for 2020. They’ll both likely get non-roster invititations to spring training.

With Donovan Solano arguably the best backup middle infielder in baseball, Adames could find his way to the Majors as the backup for Evan Longoria, given the departure of Sandoval. The switch-hitting Adames went 7-for-22 (.318) in his September call-up

As far as the free agents, Bumgarner and Will Smith were tendered qualifying offers (each worth $17.8 million), and they have 10 days from Monday to accept. While Bumgarner is likely to test free agency, Smith has a more difficult decision at hand. Reliever Craig Kimbrel hit the market last offseason and looked to land a big contract, but because he was tendered a qualifying offer, the Chicago Cubs didn’t pick him up until after the draft, lest they risk losing a compensatory pick. The same went for starter Dallas Keuchel, who eventually signed with the Braves.

If both lefties leave, San Francisco would get two picks after the second round of June’s draft. The qualifying offers are rare for the Giants. They’ve only made three since they entered the collective bargaining agreement in 2012. The other went to Sandoval in 2014, and when he left for the Red Sox, the Giants used that pick to select Chris Shaw.

The one-year deal wouldn’t make sense for Bumgarner (he’ll likely command a multi-year contract), but relievers rarely make $17.8 million in a year, something Zaidi is banking on. He understands that’s a premium price to pay for a relief pitcher, but it’s about what the elite ones earn annually. Smith is just the fifth reliever to receive a qualifying offer.

With other teams skittish maybe to lose a draft pick, that could mean San Francisco could negotiate long-term extensions for both pitchers.

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Looking back at the 2019 Giants, with an eye toward the future. Previously: Brandon Belt, Sam Coonrod, Trevor Gott, Evan Longoria, Joey Rickard, Donovan Solano, Kevin Pillar, Alex Dickerson, Fernando Abad, Stephen Vogt, Madison Bumgarner, Will Smith, Pablo Sandoval.

Being tradeable has never been such a compliment.

A year ago at this time, Jeff Samardzija was stapled, glued and affixed to the Giants, fresh off an injury-filled 2018 in which he threw 44 2/3 ineffective innings. His contract looked like a bust that the Giants couldn’t derive value from or escape.

A resurgent 2019 has changed the equation. The question has become less about whether the Giants can deal him and more about what the Giants would do without him.

Samardzija, after spending much of his offseason in the Bay Area rehabbing with Giants staff following injuries to his shoulder, was middling for the first three months of the season, the Giants swirling the drain and Samardzija letting them plunge. His emergence in July coincided with the Giants’ furious run, nearly untouchable from July until the end of the season, throwing 97 2/3 innings of 2.67 ERA ball.

What led to Samardzija’s turnaround? The first key was health and regaining the strength in his shoulder. The second was a renewed pitch mix, relying more than ever on his cutter, which he threw 23 percent of the time, as opposed to 9.3 and 10 percent the past two seasons, and his four-seam fastball, valuing a pitch that has elite spinrate over the two-seamer he previously favored.

A healthy Samardzija falling back on pitches he had shelved in past years was a different Samardzija, having one of the best seasons of his life at 34, his 12th year in the majors. He finished among the NL leaders in ERA (14th, at 3.52) and WHIP (10th at 1.11), while making 32 starts and lasting 181 1/3 innings. He did that all while showing the effects of age, his velocity down (an average 86.3-mph slider became an 85.2-mph slider). He was the innings eater the Giants paid for, and one who inspired confidence every time he got the ball.

Which was a rarity for the 2019 Giants, who paired him with Madison Bumgarner, eventually got Johnny Cueto back in September, but otherwise trotted out trying-out starter after trying-out starter, none fully impressing. Now, chances are Bumgarner will not be back. And Samardzija, entering the final season of his deal, in which he’ll make $18 million, is a crucial piece if the Giants have any hope of being competitive.

There are teams to whom the Giants might be able to offload the big righty, who has a limited no-trade clause. But with a rotation that is filled with possibilities but not probabilities, Samardzija figures to start the season in San Francisco — even if he might not finish it there.

If Samardzija picks up where he left off, he’d be the trade-deadline piece the Giants didn’t cash in with Bumgarner. And while Samardzija appears to like the Bay Area, he’s pitched a total of three innings in the postseason; it would be hard to envision him blocking a trade to a contender. And as the Giants portended by non-tendering Kevin Pillar, the 2020 season will be more about progress than the postseason.

It’s a good bet that Samardzija will anchor the rotation in April. The better Samardzija pitches to start the season, the better the odds he’ll finish the season somewhere else.

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The Giants added yet another inexperienced option for their 2020 rotation Tuesday, signing former Rockies first-round pick Tyler Anderson.

San Francisco initially claimed Anderson Oct. 30 after Colorado placed him on waivers, but the team did not tender him an option by Monday’s deadline, making him a free agent.

Tuesday’s deal is a one-year contract, the Giants announced on Twitter.

The left-handed Anderson was the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2011 out of Oregon. He appeared in parts of four seasons for Colorado, but he only pitched in five games last season before undergoing significant knee surgery. His recovery from an operation to repair cartilage in the joint is expected to keep him out for at least part of spring training in 2020.

Anderson was surprisingly more effective at Coors Field than on the road in his time with Colorado, registering a 5.31 ERA on the road while posting a 4.23 ERA a mile above sea level.

The signing is a low-risk attempt to bolster the Giants’ rotation, which struggled in 2019 and appears destined to lose anchor Madison Bumgarner in free agency. Anderson will join veterans Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto, as well as young arms such as Tyler Beede, Logan Webb and Dereck Rodriguez in vying for a starting spot.

Anderson has one remaining minor league option, giving the Giants a little flexibility to be patient was he returns from his surgery.

The decision to non-tender Anderson on Monday was a mild surprise considering the left-hander boasts a decent major league track record and was thought to be relatively affordable entering his second year of arbitration.

MLB Trade Rumors predicted Anderson would earn $2.625 million in arbitration, but the Giants and Anderson likely came to an agreement for a smaller figure for next season due to the uncertainty of his recovery timetable. Tuesday’s deal allows the Giants to save a bit of money, but it also has the potential to benefit Anderson as the contract effectively eliminates his final year of arbitration in 2021, allowing the left-hander to become a free agent following next season.

The signing of Anderson leaves the Giants with three open spots on their 40-man roster.

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Anderson’s career path has always been a bit conflicted. He was a starter in college at the University of Florida but became a closer out of necessity as that rotation was soon anchored by A.J. Puk and Logan Shore. Brady Singer was also on that 2016 team.

The Red Sox wanted to get him back to being a starter and when the Giants acquired him in the Eduardo Nunez deal back in 2017, it looked like the team still had some internal debate about his best path to the majors, with Brian Sabean perhaps being one of those people who felt he would make it to the big leagues faster if he started in the bullpen.

But Anderson didn’t wind up making his debut until the first year of the Farhan Era, and he began this past season in the rotation, debuting after Derek Holland and Dereck Rodriguez both thoroughly played themselves out of a rotation spot. He was, you know, pretty okay for a while there, but what hurt him is what hurt him in organizational evaluations: he had stuff, but it never quite played as a starter.

Doug interviewed him back in May before he got his call-up and even he knew what was up:

“Right now, maybe my numbers don’t show it, but working with the coaching staff this year so far, I’ve learned a tremendous amount from what I even came in with from Spring Training,” Anderson said.

“I feel like each time I go out, the next outing, I’ve learned something more. Whether it’s reading swings, whether it’s going into the 6th, going into the 7th, going through the lineup a third or fourth time, learning just how to use my pitches effectively. If i throw one pitch and see how a swing reacts on that, I can use that to my advantage and let me know in my back pocket, if I throw this pitch here, I might get that same exact swing.”

Anderson showed flashes of his ability as a starter, but those flashes weren’t what ultimately got him all the attention.

Role on the 2019 team
Anderson was slated to be the rookie starter who built confidence and learned from playing at the big league level, perhaps setting himself to be a back-end starter for 2020. Instead, he never had a scoreless start and his 6.0 K/9 would’ve been the fourth-worst in baseball over a full season.

As Doug noted in his interview:

Anderson’s fastball sits 91-94 and he also throws a changeup, a curveball, and a slider, with the slider generally being considered his strongest secondary pitch.

The Statcast data proved this with Anderson’s slider generating the most swings-and-misses (30.1% Whiff Rate) of his arsenal, while also being his put away pitch 19.8% of the time. His slider’s 2,649 rpm spin rate was 63rd out of 472 pitchers who threw the slider last year at least 250 times, a higher rate than Cole, Hader, Verlander, and Moronta.

But his fastball was also great, Statcast-wise, with his 2,495 rpm ranking 38th out of 587 (90th percentile). His fastball had more spin than Aroldis Chapman’s, Max Scherzer’s, Walker Buehler’s, just to name a few.

And yet, Anderson was not good as a starter and he lost his spot after an IL stint in August. It would take him six relief appearances before recording his first save opportunity, and along the way he racked up his first scoreless appearances of his major league career. That first save was a four-out save to preserve a 1-run lead against an aggressive Pirates team that had really taken it to the Giants in the series.

He’d get just one more save (three days later) and then get batted around like a cat’s toy over the final four innings of his season (6 hits, 6 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts), so it’s safe to say that as good as he looked once he stopped having to face a batting order more than once, he didn’t look that much better. He lost a rotation spot and closer job in the same year.

Role on the 2020 team
Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija would make fantastic 4th and 5th starters on a good team, but otherwise, they’re penciled in as the 2020 Giants’ rotation anchors right now. The team does not have much starting pitching to speak of, even if you’re generous and include Tyler Beede in the mix . . . but, that doesn’t leave a path for Shaun Anderson at this point.

If he doesn’t begin the year in Triple-A again, there’s a very nice role waiting for him as a sort of swing-man or multi-inning reliever. He could, theoretically, be used as an opener, too, but he was also really bad (.919 OPS against) in the first inning of 2019. If the Giants have figured out how teams have hacked their signs (let’s just assume that’s what the problem was), maybe they’ll be better overall in the first inning and Anderson’s individual performance will change with the rest of the bunch.

He’s got some talent, of course, and he’s got options, which makes him extremely valuable from an organizational perspective. A full offseason with the organization’s new training staff and program could very well help him nail down a bullpen role of some kind for next season, and that’s not a bad thing. Prospects fall to the wayside and come back later to really help their team all the time — there is no linear development path.


On the one hand, he wasn’t acquired by Zaidi, but on the other hand, he checks a lot of boxes on the analytics side of the equation. If nothing else, Anderson presented talent that could either be harnessed for the major league roster at some point or in a trade down the line. He provided positive value (that +0.6 fWAR isn’t bad!). A high spin, decent velocity arm who makes the minimum and has options remaining is as close to the platonic ideal of a Farhan-level player. But the inconsistency doesn’t really suggest a clear role going forward, and uncertainty will always hurt that Farhan rating.

But wait — there’s more!

Since we’re here, let’s go through the rest of this random righty reliever contingent . . . you know, just to burn through the rest of these season reviews as quickly as possible. These are guys who made it on the roster either through offseason signings, trades, or waiver claims (mostly waiver claims). They were not an impressive lot. And yet, they were on the team for some reason.

Stat lines
Kyle Barraclough: 10 games, 8 IP, 2.25 ERA, 5.71 FIP, 11.3 K/9, 10.1 BB/9, -0.2 fWAR
Sam Coonrod: 33 games, 27.2 IP, 3.58 ERA, 5.24 FIP, 6.5 K/9, 4.9 BB/9 -0.2 fWAR
Enderson Franco: 5 games, 5.1 IP, 3.38 ERA, 4.71 FIP, 6.8 K/9, 1.7 BB/9, 0.0 fWAR
Jandel Gustave: 23 games, 24.1 IP, 1 save, 2.96 ERA, 3.71 FIP, 5.2 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 0.2 fWAR
Burch Smith: 10 games, 8.2 IP, 2.08 ERA, 3.21 FIP, 6.2 K/9, 4.2 BB/9, 0.1 fWAR
Pat Venditte: 2 games, 3.1 IP, 16.20 ERA, 10.41 FIP, 5.4 K/9, 5.4 BB/9, -0.1 fWAR
Nick Vincent: 18 games, 1 start, 30.2 IP, 5.58 ERA, 5.30 FIP, 8.8 K/9, 2.3 BB/9, -0.3 fWAR

Roles on the 2019 team
If you know that the strength of your team lies in its bullpen and you know, therefore, that most of that strength will be depleted around the trade deadline, then grabbing as many lottery ticket arms as possible to find the next Sam Dyson doesn’t just “make sense” — it’s an imperative.

None of these guys were necessarily viewed as closers in waiting, but as the next seventh inning guy? A ROOGY? Yeah, they all had their potential uses. Nick Vincent, despite a sub-90 mph pitch repertoire, had been an opener before. He’s a high spin rate pitcher, too. Pat Venditte was the funky delivery switch-pitcher who was grotesquely terrible in a few appearances and, as Doug noted, whose potential role and skill set was duplicated and exceeded by Tyler Rogers.

Before the Giants took a look at Shaun Anderson in the closer’s role, Bruce Bochy tried out Jandel Gustave. It went well: Gustave preserved a 1-0 win in Los Angeles against the Dodgers. He had a 143 ERA+ in limited time despite a -.393 WPA.

Sam Coonrod had a 5-1 record and 118 ERA+ despite negative fWAR, which just goes to show that advanced statistics and relief pitchers don’t mix well.

Do you remember Enderson Franco’s five innings? Do you think the Giants are really that serious about Burch Smith?

Roles on the 2020 team
Barraclough, Venditte, and Vincent are already gone and the rest would seem to be vulnerable to roster churn, especially with the 40-man being full at the moment. But all of them have at least one major league option remaining, which gives the team some flexibility, and that’s all that matters to The Churn.

While there’s no doubt some of them will stay and distinguish themselves from time to time, some will stay and be bad, and others will go before Opening Day, the important thing is that they all have a little bit of talent and all project to be at least positive contributors if utilized effectively. But they’re not key figures in the team’s plans, either.

How Farhan were any of these guys?

Again, you get one whole Farhan just by landing on the roster. The extra half this bunch collected was because of the varying degrees of utility they provided: some key outs, an upgrade over the talent that was on the roster when Zaidi took over baseball ops, and major league options.

Major league relief pitchers are the sport of baseball’s Mr. Meseeks. They don’t live for very long and they only exist to serve the whims of a front office.

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SAN FRANCISCO — The Giants churned through a franchise-record 64 players in 2019, and the roster turnover figures to continue this offseason as president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi looks to improve the club ahead of the ’20 season.

Zaidi will have one extra spot to work with next year, as rosters are set to expand from 25 to 26 players. It’s probably a fruitless exercise to attempt to predict who will be with the Giants when they face the Dodgers in their regular-season opener on March 26, but we’ll give it a try anyway.

Here’s a way-too-early look at who might be on the Giants’ Opening Day roster next season:

Locks: Buster Posey
Possibilities: Aramis Garcia, free agent or trade

Posey endured the worst offensive season of his career and found himself in a timeshare with backup Stephen Vogt in 2019, but he remains under contract for two more seasons and should be back behind the plate on Opening Day. Posey and Garcia are the only catchers on the Giants’ current 40-man roster, so they’ll likely look to make a couple of external additions before Spring Training. Vogt seemed like a perfect fit for San Francisco, but he is a free agent and will likely draw interest from several other teams this offseason. With top prospect Joey Bart on the way, the Giants could be content to search for more of a stopgap backup option.

First base
Locks: Brandon Belt
Possibilities: Austin Slater, Zach Green, free agent or trade

Belt is coming off a down year, but he was still one of the most productive members of the Giants’ veteran core, and he is projected to remain the starting first baseman in 2020. San Francisco will need another backup corner infielder if Pablo Sandoval departs via free agency, though they have some internal options in Slater and Green.

Second base
Locks: Mauricio Dubón
Possibilities: Donovan Solano, Cristhian Adames, free agent or trade

Dubón, the Giants’ prized Trade Deadline acquisition from the Brewers, showed enough promise in his first look with the club that he will likely enter Spring Training as the favorite to win a starting job at second base. Solano did a nice job as the Giants’ backup middle infielder in 2019, but he lost playing time to Dubón over the final month of the season and could be in line for another reserve role next year.

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Locks: Brandon Crawford
Possibilities: Dubón, Solano, Abiatal Avelino, free agent or trade

Like many of the Giants’ legacy players, Crawford regressed offensively in 2019, creating questions about his viability as a starting option as he heads into the final two seasons of his contract. If he continues to struggle, Crawford could find himself losing at-bats to the likes of Dubón and Solano next season.

Third base
Locks: Evan Longoria
Possibilities: Green, Adames, free agent or trade

After a lackluster first season with the Giants, Longoria proved to be solidly above-average in 2019, delivering big hits, power and steady defense at third base. He’ll likely remain the incumbent for the near future, as he is signed through ’22.

Locks: Kevin Pillar, Mike Yastrzemski, Steven Duggar
Possibilities: Alex Dickerson, Jaylin Davis, Chris Shaw, Slater, free agent or trade

If Dickerson stays healthy, he should join Pillar, Yastrzemski and Duggar in the locks category, but he has a lengthy injury history, so it remains to be seen how his body will hold up next year. There are some questions regarding Yastrzemski’s ability to sustain the success he enjoyed in 2019 and Duggar’s durability, so the Giants could also look to fortify this group this offseason.

Starting pitchers
Locks: Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija
Possibilities: Logan Webb, Tyler Beede, Dereck Rodríguez, Shaun Anderson, free agent or trade

Cueto and Samardzija will be back, but Madison Bumgarner is a free agent and will leave a sizable hole at the top of the rotation if he signs elsewhere this offseason. Starting pitching will be a priority for the Giants this offseason, so if they miss out on Bumgarner, they will likely target a couple of other free agents and try to round out their rotation with some of their younger internal options.

Locks: Tony Watson, Trevor Gott, Sam Coonrod, Tyler Rogers, Jandel Gustave
Possibilities: Anderson, Andrew Suárez, Wandy Peralta, Conner Menez, Melvin Adon, free agent or trade

Closer Will Smith was the only member of the Giants’ 2019 Opening Day bullpen still to be on the active roster at the end of the season, a sign of the tremendous turnover the relief corps endured as a result of trades and injuries. Smith is a free agent, so San Francisco will likely feature a markedly different bullpen next year. Several promising arms emerged in September, but Zaidi is likely to continue to scour the relief market for more depth pieces this offseason. Good news, though: Watson exercised his player option for ’20, so he’ll be back in the orange and black.

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S.F. Giants managers

Gabe Kapler becomes the 17th manager of the Giants’ San Francisco era, dating to 1958. Here’s a look at those who preceded him.

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Bruce Bochy (2007-19): Bochy presided over the even-year dynasty that brought San Francisco its first World Series championship in 2010 and followed with titles in ’12 and ’14. He finished his Giants career two games from breaking even: 1,052 wins to 1,054 losses. Overall, he won 2,003 games, including his 12 season with the Padres. The 10 men to reach 2,000 wins before him are all in the Hall of Fame.

San Francisco Giants manager Felipe Alou watches the Giants play the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sept. 30, 2006.
Felipe Alou (2003-06): In Alou’s best season, the Giants amassed 100 wins in 2003, but lost in four games in the Division Series to the Marlins. He debuted with the Giants as a player June 8, 1958, becoming the second Dominican to reach the majors. With the Expos, Alou was named Manager of the Year in 1994, the first Latino to win the award.

San Francisco Giants manager Dusty Baker carries his son Darren as he celebrates winning the National League pennant in San Francisco October 14, 2002. The Giants defeated the St Louis Cardinals 2-1 to advance to the World Series.
Dusty Baker (1993-2002): In his final season, Baker led the Giants to the pennant, only for the bullpen to spell their downfall in a World Series against the Angels that went seven games. He rode the success of Barry Bonds before the steroid scandal broke, winning three Manager of the Year awards and finishing with an 840-715 record that included two other playoff appearances, in 1997 and 2000, both ending in the Division Series.

Giants manager Roger Craig leans back in his office while being interviewed by the media before Game 4 of the 1989 World Series against the Oakland A’s.
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Roger Craig (1985-92): Craig took over for the final 18 games of the team’s only 100-loss season — then Humm Baby went to work on a dramatic turnaround. He led the Giants to five consecutive winning seasons, highlighted by a pennant in 1989 before getting swept in the World Series by the A’s.

Former San Francisco Giants manager and player Jim Davenport in the dugout prior to the Giants legends game at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Calif., Saturday, June 11, 2011.
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Jim Davenport (1985): Davenport was fired 144 games into the season with the team at 56-88. He left his mark in San Francisco over a 13-year playing career. The third baseman shared a lineup card with the likes of Gaylord Perry, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays.

Phillies manager Danny Ozark poses during a game at Wrigley Field in Chicago in 1979.
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Danny Ozark (1984): Fired by the Phillies in 1979 after a seven-year stint, including 101-win seasons in 1976 and ’77, Ozark got another shot at managing with the Giants five years later when Frank Robinson was fired midseason. Ozark’s San Francisco tenure would last only 56 games, including 32 losses.

Giants manager Frank Robinson looks on during batting practice before a Major League Baseball game circa 1983.
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Frank Robinson (1981-84): Robinson, a Hall of Fame outfielder, broke baseball’s color barrier for a manager with the 1975 Cleveland Indians, and became the first African American to manage in the National League with the 1981 Giants. He led them to playoff contention in 1982, but finished two games behind the Braves and one behind the Dodgers.

Willie McCovey hits his 513th career home run on June 16, 1979, passing Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews on all-time list. Coach Dave Bristol also pictured.
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Dave Bristol (1979-80): Bristol had a brief but tumultuous tenure as Giants manager, including the time he infuriated pitcher John Montefusco by pulling him late in two consecutive starts. The animosity devolved into a brawl in the manager’s office. Montefusco described to the Chicago Tribune how he put Bristol in a headlock and slammed his head on a desk until players separated them. Montefusco had a black eye the next day and later spoke of his regret for the incident. He was traded after the season, and Bristol was fired after the Giants finished 75-86.

Manager Joe Altobelli sits between coaches Bobby Winkles and Herm Starrette at the 1977 San Francisco Giants opening day, at Candlestick Park.
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Joe Altobelli (1977-79): Altobelli’s highlight came in 1978 when the club went 89-73, led by starters Vida Blue and Bob Knepper with sub-3.00 ERAs. But the Giants finished third in the NL West. He was fired the next season with a 61-79 record and 22 games remaining.

Willie Mays gets his hat fitted by Giants manager Bill Rigney, during the center fielder’s first visit to Seals Stadium in 1957.
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Bill Rigney (1956-60, 1976): The first manager of the Giants’ San Francisco era was a Bay Area native. Rigney, born in Alameda, managed two losing seasons with the New York Giants before turning the team’s fortunes in California. The Giants finished 80-74 and 83-71 in their first two seasons in San Francisco, but Rigney would be replaced midway through the third season. He returned to manage in 1976, Bob Lurie’s first year as owner, but didn’t fare well.

Wes Westrum is shown in a July 1974 file photo during his tenure as manager of the San Francisco Giants.
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Wes Westrum (1974-75): Westrum, a catcher on the New York Giants’ teams that won pennants in 1951 and ’54, finished a game below .500 in his only full season as manager in San Francisco.

Charlie Fox, who spent most of his baseball career with the Giants, pictured on April 4, 1972.
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Charlie Fox (1970-74): In 1971, Fox became the first Giants manager to win a division title; McCovey, Mays, Bobby Bonds, Marichal, Perry and company lost in the NLCS to the Pirates in four games. Fox had a .516 winning percentage over five seasons.

A group of the San Francisco Giants sluggers with manager Clyde King, left. Willie McCovey and Willie Mays watch JimRay Hart swing on March 5, 1969.
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Clyde King (1969-70): King led the Giants to their fifth consecutive second-place finish in 1969, going 90-72, but was let go after starting the next season 19-23.

The 1964 San Francisco Giants manager Herman Franks (l) and coaches Charles Fox, Larry Jansen and Cookie Lavagetto at Spring Training camp on March 15, 1966.
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Herman Franks (1965-68): Franks compiled the second-best winning percentage of all Giants managers at .567 but couldn’t break through to the World Series, with four runner-up finishes for the pennant, including tight races with the Dodgers in 1965 and ’66.

Former Giants player and manager Alvin Dark with some of his collected memorabilia at his home in Easley, South Carolina on Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.
Alvin Dark (1961-64): Dark led San Francisco to its first World Series in 1962 and could have won it all, but McCovey’s Game 7 line drive was caught by Yankees second baseman Bobby Richardson in the bottom of the ninth inning. Dark holds the Giants’ best winning percentage at .569.

June 18, 1960: Tom Sheehan visits the San Francisco Giants clubhouse after being appointed interim manager in the place of Bill Rigney. Sheehan had been the head of the Giants scouting department.
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Tom Sheehan (1960): Sheehan replaced Rigney and didn’t return after his interim season, going 46-50.

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You probably don’t remember the 1932 World Series — and if you do, thank you for reading this column. If you know anything about that World Series between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs, you probably know it as the year Babe Ruth called — or didn’t call — his home run off Cubs pitcher Charlie Root.

What you might not know is that 13 future Hall of Famers played in that World Series — the all-time record. It’s not surprising that the record would come from 1932; the 1920s and 1930s are the most overrepresented decades in the Hall of Fame, with more marginal candidates than any other era. The 1932 Yankees had nine Hall of Famers of varying stature (Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Red Ruffing, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Joe Sewell, Earle Combs and Herb Pennock) and the Cubs had four (Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Kiki Cuyler and Burleigh Grimes).

Since the introduction of league championship series play in 1969, the record (so far) for a World Series is seven Hall of Famers:

1983 Orioles-Phillies — Cal Ripken, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez

1996 Yankees-Braves — Wade Boggs, Mariano Rivera, Tim Raines, Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones

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Pete Rose also played in the 1983 World Series, so that one could conceivably get bumped up to eight. But 1996 will reach eight next year when Derek Jeter gets in, and Andy Pettitte could make it nine down the road. (David Cone, Bernie Williams and Andruw Jones are lesser candidates.)

The 1995 World Series between the Braves and Cleveland Indians has six Hall of Famers already in Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine, Murray, Chipper Jones and Jim Thome. In addition, Omar Vizquel and Manny Ramirez are still on the ballot, and Fred McGriff, Kenny Lofton and even Orel Hershiser are potential Veterans Committee candidates.

What about 2019? Given the star-laden nature of the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals, there could be as many 10 future Hall of Famers. Let’s take a look.


Justin Verlander (71.4 WAR)

Signed, sealed and delivered. He has had a huge peak with a Cy Young/MVP season and four other top-three Cy finishes (and he’ll finish first or second this year). He now has added longevity, with 225 career wins. He could get to 300. “I think I can get pretty darn close,” Verlander said the other day. “We’ll see. I feel good. … I think the changes I’ve made the last few years to my body and how I pay attention to things is going to allow me to pitch deeper than I would have otherwise. It’s definitely a goal of mine.”

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Max Scherzer (58.7 WAR)

Scherzer has 170 wins, three Cy Young Awards and a lot of black ink on his page as a dominant starter over the past seven seasons. He didn’t fully blossom until his breakout season with the Detroit Tigers in 2013 at age 28, however, so he might need a couple of good seasons more to lock things up. Remember, Hall of Fame voters still traditionally favor longevity over peak value. Put it this way: Roy Halladay just made it with 203 career wins and 65.4 WAR with a run of peak seasons similar to Scherzer’s. Halladay’s 203 wins is the fewest for a starting pitcher to get elected since Sandy Koufax made it with 165. (Dennis Eckersley had 197 but also made it on the strength of his career as a closer.) If Scherzer gets to 200 wins, he’s in.

Zack Greinke (66.7 WAR)

Greinke is at 205 wins with a WAR higher than Scherzer’s, and a lot of people already refer to him as a future Hall of Famer. And Greinke is still going strong, with 18 wins in 2019, so that win total should continue to climb. I’m not sure he is quite a lock just yet, though. He is a little different from Scherzer and Halladay, as he had two absolute monster seasons — 10.4 WAR in 2009 and 9.1 in 2015 — but not quite the run of seven or eight huge seasons like those two. Like Scherzer, however, Greinke has been injury-free and has the pitching moxie to last a long time and keep racking up wins.

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Jose Altuve (38.5 WAR)

So, second base is an interesting position for Hall of Fame voters. Only four second basemen who made their mark since 1970 have been elected:

Joe Morgan: 100.6 WAR
Ryne Sandberg: 68.0 WAR
Roberto Alomar: 67.1 WAR
Craig Biggio: 65.5 WAR

Meanwhile, Lou Whitaker (75.1), Bobby Grich (71.1), Willie Randolph (65.9) and Jeff Kent (55.4) have been rejected. We’ll also have Robinson Cano (69.6) and Chase Utley (65.4) to discuss down the road. Where will Altuve eventually fit on the list?

The point here is that based on WAR — and WAR is not the only barometer, of course, just a starting point — Altuve has a long way to go to get to the Biggio/Alomar/Sandberg level. But he has time. He’ll be entering his age-30 season next year. Altuve already is at 1,568 career hits. He has an MVP and three batting titles. He carries a stature of fame and reputation — like Sandberg and Alomar — that Whitaker, Grich, Randolph and even Kent lacked during their playing days (although Kent did win an MVP and holds the record for most home runs by a second baseman).

In one sense, I’d compare Altuve to a guy like Yadier Molina. Even if some of the numbers eventually fall a little short when compared with those of other Hall of Famers at their positions, they come with a lot of bonus karma.


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Alex Bregman (20.8 WAR)

Bregman had two great seasons of 6.9 and 8.4 WAR at ages 24 and 25 — enough to establish himself as a strong Hall of Fame candidate. Here’s a little study. I looked up how many position players had at least two 6.5-WAR seasons through age 25 since 1947. There have been 36, including Bregman. Fourteen of them already are Hall of Famers. Three others will be: Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jeter. Two others are Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez. Two others still are active with unknown futures: Mookie Betts and Jose Ramirez. Take out Bregman, Betts and Ramirez and we essentially have 19 of 33 either in the Hall of Fame or having Hall of Fame numbers. That gives Bregman about a 60% chance — by this very crude method — of becoming a Hall of Famer.

Stephen Strasburg (32.6)

One thing fans often forget: Strasburg absolutely was worth the hype as the greatest pitching prospect many scouts said they had ever seen. In his first major league start, he struck out 14 batters in seven innings. He allowed one run in each of his next three starts. Through his first nine starts, he was 5-2 with a 2.32 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 54⅓ innings. He was the next evolution in pitching. Then he got hurt. Then he came back, and then came the controversial decision to shut him down before the 2012 playoffs.

In this lens, some have viewed his career as a disappointment. He has made 30 starts in just two seasons. He has never won a Cy Young. But quietly, Strasburg always has pitched well when he does pitch, and his record through his age-30 season compares favorably with those of some of the guys above and some recent Hall of Fame picks:

Strasburg: 112-58, 3.17 ERA, 130 ERA+, 32.6 WAR

Verlander: 137-77, 3.41 ERA, 127 ERA+, 40.7 WAR

Scherzer: 105-62, 3.46 ERA, 120 ERA+, 30.6 WAR

Greinke: 123-90, 3.55 ERA, 117 ERA+, 39.9 WAR

Halladay: 111-55, 3.63 ERA, 128 ERA+, 35.2 WAR

Smoltz: 129-102, 3.40 ERA, 118 ERA+, 35.5 WAR

Mike Mussina: 136-66, 3.50 ERA, 130 ERA+, 42.0 WAR

Despite the various injuries, 200 wins isn’t out of the question. Scherzer has been great in his 30s. Halladay did a lot after turning 30. Don’t discount Strasburg’s ability to do the same and become an interesting Hall of Fame candidate.

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Anthony Rendon (27.3 WAR)

Before Game 1 of the World Series, Gerrit Cole described Rendon this way: “If it goes as expected, he’ll probably end up in the Hall of Fame. He’s so cool and calm and collected. And I think a lot of his players feed off that. And he takes care of the baseball on both sides of the ball, both defensively and offensively.”

Rendon has had some big years, and 2019 has been the biggest of all, but he is heading into his age-30 season, so that is an obstacle. He also doesn’t seem like the type who is going to play deep into his 30s. His comment during the National League Championship Series when asked what he’ll be at 36, like teammate Howie Kendrick: “Hopefully not playing baseball.”

Gerrit Cole (23.4 WAR)

Cole is a year younger than Rendon but has hit his stride over the past two seasons, maturing into a dominant ace — and the potential Cy Young winner. Heck, Cole is two years younger than Strasburg, so if he gets 12.0 WAR over the next two seasons (he was at 6.9 in 2019), then he will be up to 35.4 through age 30. Given his stuff, Cole certainly has the chance to excel well into his 30s, if he can stay healthy.


Juan Soto (7.6 WAR)

Do we need to explain why this is possible? He turned 21 on Friday. He just hit .282/.401/.548 with 34 home runs — his second .400 OBP season. He compares to all-time greats such as Mel Ott and Ted Williams with such precocious plate discipline. It’s pretty clear that there is a strong possibility he’ll become an inner-circle type of hitter.


Yordan Alvarez (3.7 WAR)

All his value will be in his bat, but what if he hits like David Ortiz for the next 15 years?

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SAN FRANCISCO — Stu Miller, who will be remembered more for committing history’s most famous balk than for his formidable pitching, died Sunday at his home in Cameron Park, Calif. He was 87.

The Giants and Orioles, the teams with whom Miller distinguished himself the most during his 16-year Major League career, announced his death Monday.

Baseball’s spotlight glared upon Miller during the 1961 All-Star Game, which cemented Candlestick Park’s reputation as an oversized air conditioner. This, according to legend, was the Midsummer Classic in which Miller was blown off the mound. That wasn’t exactly what happened.

A game recap in the 1963 book “The Giants of San Francisco” cited unusually withering temperatures that forced 95 fans to receive treatment for heat prostration during the early innings. But Candlestick’s infamous breezes took over by mid-afternoon. Recalled Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills, who played the entire game for the National League, “I saw the same hot-dog wrapper hover over the infield for three or four innings with the wind taking it in different directions, about 100 feet off the ground.”

Miller, the Giants right-hander making his first and only All-Star appearance, relieved Sandy Koufax in the ninth inning with one out, Roger Maris on first base, Al Kaline on second and the NL clinging to a 3-2 lead.

In the 1979 book “SF Giants: An Oral History”, Miller said the flags in center field were “almost torn off the flagpole by the time I got in. It was actually the windiest day I had ever seen there, and I was certainly used to it by then. So I came in and anchored myself into the wind, as usual.”

As the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Miller went into the stretch position to pitch to Rocky Colavito, a sudden gust upset his balance. Miller threw the pitch anyway, but was called for a balk after doing so, due to his erratic movement. Kaline scored the tying run as third baseman Ken Boyer misplayed Colavito’s subsequent grounder.

Ultimately, Miller persevered and received the decision in the NL’s 5-4, 10-inning victory.

Miller, who ranked among the top 20 finishers in Most Valuable Player Award voting four times, broke into the Majors with the Cardinals in 1952. He performed for four other teams, including the Giants (1957-62) and Orioles (1963-67), and compiled a 105-103 record with a 3.24 ERA and 154 saves in 704 career appearances. He was among 43 former Giants to merit a plaque on AT&T Park’s Wall of Fame, a distinction reserved for the franchise’s finest San Francisco-era (since 1958) performers. Miller also was elected to the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1989.

After alternating between starting and relieving, Miller moved almost exclusively to the latter role in 1959, one year after he recorded an NL-best 2.47 ERA. He topped the NL with 17 saves in 1961 and the AL with 27 in 1963. He won 14 games in relief in 1961 and again in 1965. Though Miller relied primarily on a changeup, he overwhelmed enough hitters to average 8.35 strikeouts per nine innings from 1963-65.

“For what he had, he was amazing,” said left-hander Johnny Antonelli, a Giants teammate of Miller’s from 1957-60. “He made some of those hitters look pretty bad. He had a great idea of how to pitch, changing speeds. It was really funny to watch sometimes. He would throw a pitch that floated up there, someway, somehow, and it looked like it was going to be a fastball. But it came in there slow and they would just swing through it. He would make certain hitters look sick. That was Stu Miller.”

A native of Northampton, Mass., Miller is survived by his wife, Jayne; six children, Scott, Lori, Kim, Marc, Gary and Matthew; five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

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Joe Panik is a former first-round draft pick, an All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, a World Series champion and the author of one of the most memorable plays in San Francisco Giants history.

But in the middle of his sixth season with the Giants, his time with the franchise might be up.

The Giants acquired former All-Star Scooter Gennett and highly-touted prospect Mauricio Dubon before the MLB trade deadline passed on Wednesday, signaling to many that the struggling Panik could be on his way out.

“I think the writing’s on the wall, unfortunately for Joe,” former Giants pitcher and current analyst Shawn Estes told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday. “It’s sad because he was a big part of this club, in the World Series run in 2014. He was a Gold Glover, he hit .300. He’s done some really good things in a Giants uniform. It’s sad because he’s a good dude and a guy you really root for and you want him do well because you’ll never forget about the backhand dive up the middle, the starting of the double play in 2014 to help them win their third world championship in five years.”

In the Giants’ 3-2 win over the Kansas City Royals in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, Eric Hosmer ripped a ball up the middle with the score tied 2-2 during the bottom of the third inning. Panik dove to his right to make the stop and flipped the ball with his glove to Brandon Crawford. Then, Crawford stepped on second base and threw to first to turn the double play. Initially, Hosmer was called safe, but after a replay review, Hosmer was ruled out.

Instead of runners on first and third with no outs, Panik erased both runners with his incredible play. The Giants would go on to win their third World Series in dramatic fashion, and Panik’s play was a instrumental in the team winning its third World Series in five seasons.

But five years removed from that iconic play, Panik is a different player. After hitting 10 homers in both 2016 and 2017, Panik has combined for seven homers between 2018 and 2019. This season, he’s slashing just .232/.307/.315 and has fallen into a platoon with 31-year-old Donovan Solano, who didn’t play in the majors in 2017 or 2018.

“I think based on what we’ve seen out of Joe the last few years,” Estes said, “the regression and as far as being a consistent batter at the plate, getting it done from a production standpoint and even defenively. Defensively, he’s struggled a little bit.

“I don’t think we’ll see Joe in a Giants uniform maybe on Thursday or Friday depending on when they activate Gennett. I think he’s going to be the odd man out. I could be wrong. They could keep an extra infielder and Joe could be around.”

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Panik ultimately played in Thursday’s game in Philadelphia and went 1-for-4. But the Giants will need to clear a roster spot for Gennett and a move could come as early as Friday. It doesn’t make sense for the Giants to keep Panik, Solano and Gennett on the roster.