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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Donovan Solano #7 of the San Francisco Giants fields the ball against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Donovan Solano #7 of the San Francisco Giants fields the ball against the Colorado Rockies at Oracle Park on September 22, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /
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MLB San Francisco Giants Donovan Solano
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Giants 2B Donovan Solano

Donovan Solano has had a career resurrection in his thirties with the Giants. After four uneventful years with the Marlins, two with the Yankees including one season that he did not appear in the big leagues at all, and one season in the minors in the Dodgers organization, Solano has found a home in San Francisco.

In two seasons with the Giants Solano has hit .330 and .336 and has an OPS of .821 in 431 plate appearances over the last two years. This past season he was the Giants’ full-time second baseman appearing in 54 games with an OPS+ of 128 and a WAR of 1.5.

While the Giants had some players with impressive offensive stats like Brandon Belt and Mike Yastrzemski, who have chances to repeat their great seasons and represent the Giants at the MLB All-Star Game next summer, the reason that Solano will be there next year as well is the lack of outstanding second basemen in the NL. Despite having an OPS of just .830, Solano was second in the league in for second basemen OPS.

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Solano could have the best stats of all NL second basemen next year and will almost certainly be one of the best middle infielders offensively in the NL, leading to a potential first selection to the midsummer classic for him. The Giants also have a large fanbase that could get him in the starting lineup if they have a big voter turnout next summer.