Where are they now? The (dozens of) 2022 SF Giants who landed elsewhere

Where are they now? The (dozens of) 2022 SF Giants who landed elsewhere

The San Francisco Giants used a franchise-record 66 players last season. By the end of the year, clubhouse staff were assigning jerseys in numerical order.

While some of the seemingly constant churn can be attributed to circumstances outside of their control — injuries, etc. — a definitive pattern has emerged under Farhan Zaidi, who attempts to squeeze value out of every margin on the roster.

San Francisco has broken franchise records in two of Zaidi’s four seasons, and his only year that doesn’t rank among the top five in the 140-year history of the franchise was 2020, when they only played 60 games. In fact, only 19 of the 66 players who wore a Giants uniform last season were also among the group of 64 that set the record in 2019.

Zaidi has said he expects more day-to-day stability in the lineup this season, but it’s more difficult to predict the needs at the end of the roster, where time for many waiver claims is better measured in weeks rather than months.

“We’d like to see less turnover on the 26th man over the course of the season,” Zaidi said last month. “… I think some of that comes from health. For us, the hope is that we can keep the group of guys that start the season on the roster healthy.”

Of those 66 players, 32 will be back in camp with the Giants this spring; 34 have found jobs elsewhere, remain unsigned or decided to hang up their spikes. They are listed below in order of games played last season.

Darin Ruf (90 games): Dealt at the trade deadline for a package of four players, including J.D. Davis, Ruf returns to the Mets this season on the second year of the extension he signed with the Giants last spring. While Davis enters the spring ensnared in a corner infield logjam, his slugging percentage for San Francisco after the trade last season (.496) was higher than Ruf’s OPS in New York (.410).

Evan Longoria (89 games): Said at the end of last season that there were three teams he’d like to play for — the Giants, the Rays and the D-Backs — and fulfilled that prophecy, signing a one-year deal in Arizona, where he will provide a veteran presence for a rising club.

Brandon Belt (78 games): Signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, meaning there will be less than two Brandons in the Giants’ clubhouse for the first time since 2010, when they kicked off a run of three World Series title in five years. The last Brandon standing (Crawford) is also the last remaining player from that dynastic era. Book your tickets now (and prepare to sell your soul for a hotel room): The Giants visit Toronto June 26-29.

Tommy La Stella (60 games): Signed a major-league deal with the Seattle Mariners, who were among the reported runners-up when La Stella originally signed with San Francisco. The Giants will be on the hook for all but the major-league minimum of La Stella’s $11.5 million salary.

Jarlín García (58 games): Signed a major-league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and will pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

Dominic Leone (55 games): Remains a free agent.

Curt Casali (41 games): Signed a major-league deal with Cincinnati, where he spent the three seasons before signing with the Giants in 2021. San Francisco has one catcher on its 40-man roster and six in camp on minor-league deals.

Zack Littell (39 games): Remains a free agent.

Yunior Marte (39 games): Traded to the Philadelphia Phillies for LHP Erik Miller, who will be in major-league spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Jason Vosler (36 games): Signed a minor-league deal with an invitation to MLB spring training with Cincinnati (though not before signing a similar deal with Seattle, then being released).

Yermín Mercedes (31 games): Remains a free agent. Has locked his Instagram account.


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