The Giants made their first free agent signing of the 2020-21 offseason, signing Jason Vosler, a minor leaguer from the Padres farm system, to a major league deal.
Vosler, 27, spent all of 2019 in Triple-A El Paso, where he hit .291/.367/.523, all highs for a full season, with 20 home runs, 19 doubles and 4 triples. He’s a left-handed third baseman, which has led to thoughts that he will be a platoon partner at third base with Evan Longoria. He’s had three straight seasons with at least 20 total home runs, but has never made it to the Majors.
Vosler split time in 2019 at third and first, although as a left-handed first baseman he wouldn’t be an ideal partner for Brandon Belt, who his also left-handed. He’s also played a spattering of time at second base (24 games) and shortstop (17 games) over his six seasons in the minors, though he hasn’t appeared at shortstop since 2015.
Las season, Longoria hit .254/.297/.425, with 7 home runs in 53 games in the shortened season. He hit .254/.325/.437 with 20 home runs in 129 games in 2019. Longoria did have a notable split in his performance against right-handed pitchers, with a .671 OPS against right-handers but an .858 OPS against lefties. It’s a split he’s had in the past seasons, though more pronounced than in previous years.
Vosler was originally a 16th round pick in 2014 by the Chicago Cubs. The Padres traded for him in the 2018 offseason, trading reliever Rowan Wick to the Cubs in exchange.
The move puts the Giants with 38 players on their 40-man roster, ahead of the Rule 5 draft in December. The Giants will need to decide which players to protect on the 40-man roster, as well as if they want to leave a spot open if they make a selection, as they have in each of the last two seasons.