San Francisco Giants: Options for third base in 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 17: Pablo Sandoval
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Ever since trading away Eduardo Nunez, the San Francisco Giants’ need for depth at third base in 2018 has become increasingly evident.

When the San Francisco Giants signed Pablo Sandoval to a minor league deal in late June, hardly anyone knew what to expect. His return to AT&T Park on August 5 was met with plenty of mixed emotion, but those hurt feelings began to melt away when the Panda showed signs of his previous form.

Unfortunately, Sandoval quickly fell back into a slump and it became evident that his time with the Giants this season is nothing more than a feel-good story that is justified by the team’s subpar year. This reality left the Giants asking the question, “what is to be done at third base next season?”

During Spring Training, the Giants looked to Aaron Hill to provide depth in the hot corner, but when he started the season batting .132 he was eventually designated for assignment. Although the Giants list for third baseman is sparse within their organization, they have several options in the upcoming free agent market to take care of their need in the hot corner.