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Giants GM Scott Harris confirms that catcher Joey Bart will begin the 2021 season in the minors. (Source: Jon Morosi on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 24-year-old appeared in 33 big league games during the shortened 2020 campaign due to Buster Posey opting out of the season. Bart hit .233 without a homer and could likely use some more seasoning in the minors. He remains a valuable prospect to roster in dynasty league formats.

Buster Posey is slated to be the Giants "primary catcher" in 2021, per manager Gabe Kapler. He also noted that Posey, who opted out of the 2020 season, added some muscle in the offseason. (Source: John Shea on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Posey should be well rested after taking the season off but Kapler didn't specify how many games a week he would catch. At age 33, he won't be behind the plate every game and promising prospect Joey Bart figures to be in the mix as well. It remains to be seen how playing time will be distributed but Posey is sure to begin the season as the team's starting backstop.

Johnny Cueto will not pitch in the Dominican Winter League, according to Giants manager Gabe Kapler. (Source: Alex Pavlovic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was reported earlier this offseason that Cueto would pitch for the Estrellas Orientales of the Dominican League this winter, which would have been unusual for a player of his ilk. Kapler mentioned that Cueto pitched through some minor injuires so taking some time off to recover this offseason is a more prudent move.

The Giants and RHP Trevor Gott agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract to avoid arbitration. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Gott earned some save chances for the Giants early on but then had a few blowup outings that killed his ERA. He ended the season on the injured list, but he'll be back with the Giants in 2021.

Category: Transactions

Starting pitcher Tyler Anderson was non-tendered by the Giants on Wednesday, Mark Feinsand of reports. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: In 2020, Anderson pitched to a 4.37 ERA with 41 strikeouts over 59 2/3 innings. His appeal in fantasy will depend on his landing spot in free agency, but he's unlikely to be rostered outside of deeper formats.

Category: Transactions

Alex Dickerson agreed to a one-year $2.1 million contract with the Giants, avoiding arbitration. (Source: Mark Feinsand on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Dickerson has been an above-average offensive corner outfielder in parts of the last three seasons, including hitting ten homers with a .298 average over 170 plate appearances this past year. He should be in contention for a corner outfield job in 2021, making him a late-round pick in deeper leagues.

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Tyler Beede, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, said his goal is to hopefully be ready by May and "get back in the mix" in an interview on MLB Network Radio. (Source: Maria I. Guardado on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Beede had TJ surgery back in March so a return in May isn't out of the question for the 27-year old. He compiled a 5-10 record with a 5.08 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, and a 113:46 K/BB ratio over 117 innings (22 starts) for the Giants back in 2019. There's some upside here but it's best to take a wait-and-see approach for fantasy purposes.

Category: Injury Updates

Austin Slater, who dealt with a flexor strain in his right elbow during the 2020 season, is expected to be 100-percent by spring, per the Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. (Source: Alex Pavlovic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Slater was a stellar contributor both in real life and in fantasy baseball when healthy last year but injuries limited him to just 85 at-bats. He still managed to slash .282/.408/.506 with five home runs and eight stolen bases. He''ll be a sneaky late-round draft choice in fantasy drafts next spring if he has a healthy offseason with no setbacks.

Category: Injury Updates

Brandon Belt, who underwent heel surgery in October, may not be ready by spring according to the Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi. (Source: Alex Pavlovic on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Zaidi said it was too early to tell if the first baseman would be ready or not. Belt underwent surgery in October to remove a bone spur in his heel; the same issue caused him to have a late start to the 2020 season. We'll obviously know more about his status as we get closer to spring.

Category: Injury Updates

Alexander Canario, who is one of the Giants top prospects, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum after he dislocated his shoulder in the instructional league in Arizona. (Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This was a major surgery for the young prospect and will delay his start to the 2021 season. The 20-year old still has a bright future with the Giants after slashing .318/.377/.623 with 20 doubles, 16 home runs, and 54 RBI across 236 at-bats between two teams in the low minors back in 2019.

Category: Injury Updates

Wilmer Flores went 1-for-4 with a solo blast in the Giants 5-4 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Flores finishes the regular season with a .268/.315/.515 with 12 home runs and 32 RBI across 198 at-bats. The 29-year old put up a solid year in San Francisco after signing a two-year deal with the Giants last offseason. He'll be an intriguing player in NL-only and deeper mixed leagues next season with his multi-position eligibility.

Category: Game Recaps

Mauricio Dubon went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Giants 5-4 loss to the Padres in the regular season finale on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Dubon toom Adrian Morejon deep in the fourth inning for his fourth home run of the year. The 26-year old utility man ends the regular season with a solid .274/.337/.389 batting line to go along with four home runs and 19 RBI over 157 at-bats.

Category: Game Recaps

Drew Smyly took the loss on Sunday when he allowed two runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk in the Giants 5-4 loss to the Padres.

Fantasy Impact: Smyly finishes the regular season with an 0-1 record, 3.42 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a 42:9 K/BB ratio across 26 1/3 innings (seven appearances, five starts). The southpaw battled some injuries this year but still put together a solid season in San Francisco. He only signed a one-year deal with the Giants so he'll surely command some interest on the open market this winter.

Category: Game Recaps

Donovan Solano went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in the Giants 6-2 loss to the Padres on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Solano had a rough day at the dish, stranding five runners in a game where runs are a premium for SF, and matching a season-high with three strikeouts. The second baseman has put together a fantastic year for the Giants, though, with a .328/.366/.466 batting line to go along with 13 doubles, four home runs, and 23 RBI across 189 at-bats.

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The Giants designated Jeff Samardzija for assignment and placed him on unconditional release waivers. (Source: San Francisco Giants on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This news comes as a bit of a surprise. The 35-year-old missed some time with a shoulder injury this season and has made just four starts this year. He gave up 18 earned runs in 16 2/3 innings while posting a 6/4 K/BB ratio. He'll be a free agent this offseason.

Category: Transactions

Brandon Crawford went a combined 1-for-6 with a solo home run in the Giants doubleheader against the Padres on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Crawford only notched one hit in his six at-bats between the two games, which was a solo home run off Chris Paddack in the second inning of Game 1. The veteran shortstop has had a mini resurgence for the Giants this year with a .262/.335/.463 batting line to go along with seven home runs and 26 RBI across 164 at-bats.

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Mike Yastrzemski went a combined 2-for-6 with a double and two-run home run in the Giants double header against the Padres on Friday.

Fantasy Impact: Yaz did all his damage in Game 1 when he doubled and smacked his 10th home run of the year, a two-run shot off Chris Paddack, in the fourth inning. He went 0-for-3 in the second game with a pair of strikeouts. Yastrzemski has put together an impressive season in San Francisco with a .285 batting average and a .952 OPS with ten home runs and 35 RBI across 186 at-bats.

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Sam Coonrod blew the save and took a loss in Game 2 of the Giants doubleheader against the Padres when he allowed three runs on two hits with a walk and a strikeout over 1/3 of an inning.

Fantasy Impact: Coonrod entered in the bottom of the seventh to protect a two-run lead but only recorded one out before surrendering a three-run walk off homer to Trent Grisham. Giants manager Gabe Kapler has insisted on using Coonrod in high-leverage situations all year despite the reliever's propensity to give up runs. He's got a 9.82 ERA and 1.64 across 14 2/3 innings.

Category: Game Recaps

Trevor Cahill took the loss on Thursday when he allowed one unearned run while striking out one and walking one in the Giants extra-innings loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Cahill entered in the top of the 11th inning in a 4-4 tie with a runner on second-base. He recorded a ground out then walked Matt Kemp before giving up a sac fly to Raimel Tapia. He was saddled with the loss despite the run being unearned. Cahill has been solid this year but there hasn't been much volume behind his numbers. He owns a 3.28 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP across 24 2/3 innings (10 appearances) for the Giants this year. He'll likely work out of the bullpen if San Francisco ends up making the playoffs.

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Kevin Gausman took a no-decision on Thursday when he allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out nine and walking one across six innings in the Giants 5-4 loss to the Rockies.

Fantasy Impact: Gausman scattered eight hits across his six innings but was able to minimize the runs. Ryan McMahon and Raimel Tapia notched a pair of RBI off of him but that was it. The hard throwing right-hander has been a solid performer for San Francisco after signing a one-year deal last off-season. He finishes the regular season with a 3.68 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and a sturdy 77:16 K/BB ratio across 58 2/3 innings (10 starts). He'll command a lot of interest in the open market this off-season.

Category: Game Recaps