On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about the latest with the San Francisco Giants and Major League Baseball. Following the Giants’ televised spring game on Tuesday, Ben breaks down the game’s key takeaways. Two lefty bats with aspirations of making the Giants’ roster at some point this season were in the lineup and had impressive games. Outfielder LaMonte Wade Jr. could play a prominent role this year, as he seems to fit the Giants’ needs perfectly. In the infield, Jason Vosler could get a real opportunity at some point, and he made a good impression by lining a pair of opposite field doubles against Dodgers ace Walker Buehler and the flame throwing righty Dustin May.
In the second segment, Ben discusses a couple of major stories that have broken in the last few days. The Athletic reported yesterday that expanded postseason and the universal DH are “dead issues,” which could dramatically affect the Giants’ 2021 playoff chances. Additionally, we learned this week that the Triple-A season, which was originally slated to start in early April, will be delayed until May.
Finally, Ben discusses Jon Heyman’s report that the Giants are close to signing veteran relief pitcher José Álvarez. It’s probably a minor league contract, but could be a major league deal given Álvarez’s track record of being a consistently good left-handed reliever.