Giants Extend Versatile & Reliable Veteran Infielder

Tyler Maher
The San Francisco Giants have signed infielder Wilmer Flores to a two-year contract extension.
The San Francisco Giants have signed infielder Wilmer Flores to a two-year contract extension. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

The San Francisco Giants have been hit hard by regression this year, which explains why they're currently six games below .500 after winning 107 regular-season games in 2021.

One player who hasn't taken a step back, however, is infielder Wilmer Flores, who's wrapping up another productive campaign for the Giants. San Francisco has rewarded the veteran's consistency with a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Giants through at least 2024.

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While the price tag of the new deal is still unknown, the length appears to be a win for both parties. The 31-year-old Flores gets a few more years of job security for one of the sport's marquee franchises, while San Francisco gets to keep a versatile infielder with a solid bat.

Although he's approaching the end of his 10th MLB season, Flores is on pace to finish the year with career highs in several categories. He's already tied his personal best in home runs (18) while also establishing new highs in doubles (26), RBIs (65), runs (66) and walks (49). He's also played nearly every day, suiting up in 132 of the Giants' 140 games thus far.

Flores has proven to be a valuable utility player throughout his career, especially since joining San Francisco prior to the 2020 season. He's manned first base, second base and third base during all three of those seasons, providing flexibility on defense while putting up a 110 OPS+ at the plate, making him worth 4.0 WAR during that time, according to Baseball-Reference.

He may not be an All-Star, but Flores is the type of player every team needs -- a guy who can field multiple positions and is capable with the stick. Flores played a key role during the Giants' last playoff run, and now they're hoping he can be a part of their next one, too.

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