Giants Rumors: 3 Players Not Expected Back Next Season

After an MLB-best 107-win season in 2021, the San Francisco Giants took a noticeable step back this campaign; ending the year with an 81-81 record. Certainly below expectations, the Giants are expected to not only be major spenders this offseason but also make changes to their current roster. Let's look at three players not expected to be back in 2023. 

Carlos Rodon: Carlos Rodon has a player option, but it is rather clear that he will decline it and hit free agency. Why wouldn't he? He just put together an All-Star campaign that saw him sport a 14-8 record and a 2.88 ERA. Naturally, he will be testing the market to land a huge raise, and there will be no shortage of teams interested in his services. Therefore, a return to San Francisco is certainly not guaranteed. 

Evan Longoria: The Giants have made it known that they do not plan to exercise their team option with Evan Longoria. At this juncture, it would make sense for the Giants to move on from the veteran infielder and try to find an upgrade. In 89 games this season, the three-time All-Star had 14 home runs, 42 RBIs, and a .244 batting average.

Brandon Belt: After hitting 29 home runs in 97 games with the Giants in 2021, Brandon Belt took a major step back in 2022. In 78 games, he had just eight home runs and a very low .213 batting average. It seems more likely than not that the Giants will be aiming to upgrade at first base, thus letting the longtime Giant walk through free agency.

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