Scouting the Giants' third base options for 2015
Who will replace Pablo Sandoval at the hot corner?
The Pablo Sandoval Era has come to an end in San Francisco. Now, the Giants must go about figuring out who will fill his shoes at third base. While considering in-house candidates, they will likely explore all avenues, including the free agent and trade markets. Here are a few possible players to consider.
Joaquin Arias - Giants
Will the Giants turn the keys to the car over to the utility infielder? Over the last three seasons, Arias has appeared in 105 games at third base, including 51 games in 2012. He's set to earn $1.45 million in 2015.
Matt Duffy - Giants
The Giants summoned Duffy from Double-A Richmond after he hit .332 in 97 games. But the 23-year-old second baseman has limited experience at third base, playing three games there for Richmond and two games for the Giants. With Joe Panik entrenched at second base, Duffy's best option for playing time might be to shift to third base in the spring.
Alberto Callaspo -- Free Agent
A relatively inexpensive free agent option could be Alberto Callaspo, who played the last season and a half for the A's. In 2014, the 31-year-old appeared in 19 games at third base for Oakland, making two errors in 43 chances. He made $4.875 million last season.
Chase Headley - Free Agent
With Sandoval off the market, former Padre Chase Headley becomes the top third base option and is expected to command a multi-year deal on the open market. He won the NL Gold Glove in 2012, when he committed just 10 errors in 159 games at third base. The Padres traded Headley to the Yankees on July 22, 2014. He made $10.525 million last season.
Buster Posey - Giants
Would the Giants ask Buster Posey to move to third base in an attempt to save wear-and-tear on his knees? Not likely. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans appeared on 95.7 The Game on Monday, November 24, 2014 and confirmed that moving Posey to third base is not on the table.