There was a time early in the 2022 MLB season when the San Francisco Giants looked like a potential playoff threat. Instead, everything slowly fell apart as the campaign went on, resulting in the team hovering around .500 and ultimately missing the postseason for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
The Giants haven't won a playoff series since 2016, so their fans are dying for some success. That means the front office has some tough decisions to make as the team looks ahead to 2023, including moving on from several players.
Here are three players that won't be returning to the Giants next season.
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1. Joc Pederson, LF
The 2022 season has been one of Joc Pederson's best, seeing him make the MLB All-Star Game for the first time since 2015. The 30-year-old veteran has racked up 23 home runs and 70 RBIs over 133 games on his one-year, $6 million contract he signed last season and is due for a raise. While the Giants could give him a decent offer, Pederson would be wise to test the free-agent market. He'll be one of the top available outfielders this offseason given his power and ability to shift around the outfield as needed. If San Francisco isn't willing to pay Pederson what he's worth, then it might be time for the California native to move on.
2. Jose Alvarez, RP
Relief pitchers are inherently volatile, and Jose Alvarez is a prime example of that. After being one of the Giants' most consistent relievers last year, Alvarez was anything but this season. The 33-year-old lefty posted his worst ERA (5.28) since 2013 before undergoing Tommy John surgery at the beginning of September, meaning he likely won't return until 2024. With Alvarez headed for free agency this winter, San Francisco is unlikely to bring him back given his age, injury and recent poor performance.
3. Jarlin Garcia, RP
Jarlin Garcia is another Giants reliever who has struggled this season. While his 3.74 ERA isn't the worst, it's over a full run higher from last year's 2.62 mark. His peripherals took a step back and he's also trending in the wrong direction with a 5.06 ERA over his last 41 appearances. Garcia is arbitration-eligible for the last time this offseason, but San Francisco has a good idea of who he is now. Bringing him back is an option, but don't be surprised if the Giants attempt to replace him with a more consistent bullpen presence.
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