SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Farhan Zaidi has a sort.

He confirmed it along with his first free agent signing –switch-pitcher Pat Venditte– and he’s continued to point out it with every subsequent addition to the Giants roster.

“They had been one of many first groups to achieve out,” Venditte mentioned of the Giants. “They had been within the first wave, the primary couple days of free company.”

As dozens of journeymen free brokers watch for the cellphone to ring this February, a reliever with restricted massive league expertise who occurs to be essentially the most versatile pitcher within the sport discovered a house moderately simply.

It’s no shock that house is the one Zaidi is transforming.

Throughout his tenure because the Dodgers basic supervisor, Zaidi established a repute for hoarding multi-positional belongings and pitchers who may flip from the rotation to the bullpen at a second’s discover. Zaidi views the 40-man roster like an in-progress mosaic and he’ll put on down the waiver wire if it provides his product even the slightest enchancment.

So when Zaidi was employed, many within the business linked the Giants to one of many offseason’s prime free brokers, Marwin Gonzalez. With a profession .737 OPS and the flexibility to play each defensive place exterior of catcher, Gonzalez can do every thing besides throw with each arms.

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The Giants checked in with Gonzalez’s agent, Scott Boras, earlier this offseason, however on Friday, a number of studies mentioned Gonzalez had finalized a two-year, $21 million deal to affix the Minnesota Twins.

The phrases of Gonzalez’s contract got here as a serious shock, however the reality he didn’t land in San Francisco regardless of Zaidi’s presence isn’t as a lot of a shock. Many consultants thought Gonzalez would command a three-to-four 12 months deal within the $40-$60 million vary, however in a depressed free agent market, Gonzalez did not generate extra curiosity.

Within the hours earlier than Gonzalez’s signing, the Giants had been nonetheless thought-about a potential vacation spot, however Zaidi has a number of different in-house candidates to fill an identical position.

Essentially the most comparable participant in camp to Gonzalez is perhaps Yangervis Solarte, a five-year veteran who signed a minor league cope with a non-roster invite to spring coaching. Solarte has appeared at each infield place and in addition earned enjoying time in left area, a spot the Giants plan to attempt him at this spring.

“Solarte is a man who can play anyplace within the infield, he’s performed some outfield and he’s a switch-hitter,” Zaidi mentioned. “Even when these guys don’t have an outlined daily position popping out of spring coaching, they discover a method to get 300-to-400 at-bats.”

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