The San Francisco Giants have added infield depth by agreeing with Wilmer Flores on a multiyear contract, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
The 28-year-old could compete for the starting second base job or at least play in a utility role around the infield.
Flores has made over 100 starts at all four infield spots during his career, mostly playing second base in his limited action with the Arizona Diamondbacks last campaign.
A foot injury and other ailments limited Flores to just 89 games in 2019, but he excelled when healthy with a .317 batting average and .848 OPS, both of which were career highs. He added 18 doubles and nine home runs in 285 plate appearances.
It came after serving as a reliable hitter for the New York Mets, producing a .262/.303/.424 slash line across six seasons. Despite his success last season, the Diamondbacks declined his option for 2020, putting him back on the open market for the second consecutive winter.
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Flores will get an opportunity at another fresh start with San Francisco, trying to remain a consistent presence in the offense.
The Giants failed to get regular production at second base last year, eventually parting with Joe Panik midseason. Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon both played well when given the opportunity, but neither has much of a track record to trust going into 2020.
These two, along with Kean Wong, should compete with Flores for playing time in the middle infield spot.
Considering Flores has five career pinch-hit home runs and experience at a variety of positions, he should be useful regardless of his role this season.
With Flores in the fold, Kapler can now field an all right-handed hitting infield with Flores at first, Dubón and Solano up the middle and Evan Longoria at third.
If Sánchez or left-handed hitting waiver wire acquisition Kean Wong makes the Opening Day roster, the Giants can also go heavy with lefties in the infield as Brandon Belt can play first, Sánchez or Wong can play second and Crawford can play short.
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