A new president of baseball operations is expected to make significant changes to the Giants’ 40-man roster this offseason.
But the new executive the Giants plan to hire won’t have to make big decisions regarding five players the franchise outrighted to Triple-A Monday.
San Francisco announced that infielders Kelby Tomlinson, Chase d’Arnaud and Miguel Gomez as well as pitchers Casey Kelly and Tyler Herb were outrighted to Triple-A and moved off of the 40-man roster. The Giants had five players end the season on the 60-day disabled list and needed five open roster spots to clear space for players who were unable to stay healthy until the end of the year.
Catcher Buster Posey, starters Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija, infielder Pablo Sandoval and reliever Julian Fernández are all expected to be placed back on the 40-man roster after finishing the year on the 60-day disabled list.
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Tomlinson and Gomez are set to become minor league free agents while d’Arnaud and Kelly will be major league free agents. Herb will remain in the organization.
The Giants may have interest in re-signing both Tomlinson and Gomez to minor league deals, especially because the organization lacks top middle infield prospects at higher minor league levels. Infielder Abiatal Avelino, who was acquired in the trade that sent Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees in August, remained on the 40-man roster, indicating the Giants favor him over Gomez, another young infielder with minimal major league experience.
After the Giants dismissed general manager Bobby Evans during the final week of the regular season, CEO Larry Baer indicated that vice president of baseball operations Brian Sabean would assume control of personnel decisions until Evans’ replacement was hired.
The Giants do not have a timeline in place to fill the vacancy in the front office, but they do plan to have new leadership in place before any big-picture decisions must be made. Baer has indicated the franchise would even be willing to extend the hiring process beyond Major League Baseball’s general manager meetings (November 6-8) in order to complete an exhaustive search.