By John Shea @real_johnshea on June 10, 2014
The major league-leading San Francisco Giants admittedly can't find much fault in their early season successes. The orange and black have been trucking through their opponents all season but aren't stacked with enough depth to maintain their current win pace for all of 2014. The Giants' bench has been an asset for most of the season. The end of their bullpen has also been mostly effective, but they can do without five players down the stretch.
Adrianza remains on the Giants' 25-man roster for one reason: He's out of minor league options. The 24-year-old infielder showed flashes of brilliance in Spring Training but hasn't received the necessary playing time to cultivate his skill set. A trade seemed imminent when camp broke, but injuries granted Adrianza a roster spot. He doesn't supply much value off the bench, sporting a .192 batting average with three RBIs in 52 at bats.
Kontos effectively executed a crucial middle relief role in the Giants' 2012 World Series title run but has been inconsistent in two subsequent seasons. He was solid in 2012, recording a 2.47 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 43.2 innings pitched. He was overworked in 2013 (55.1 innings), contributing to a tired arm. Kontos has been average at best for the Giants in 2014, allowing 8.3 H/9. He will likely be demoted upon the return of Santiago Casilla.
Job security and a severe lack of playing time has seemingly made Arias expendable. The veteran utility-man signed a two-year deal worth .6 million over the offseason, the first multi-year contract of his seven-year big league career. Although capable of making tough plays, Arias hasn't been impressive defensively (.955 fielding percentage). He owns a .176 batting average in 74 at bats this season and hasn't made much of an impact.
Giants' starting pitchers have publicly made known their appreciation for Petit, who is capable of spot-starting at a moment's notice. The 29-year-old journeyman is expendable, regardless. Petit owns a 5.81 ERA with a .267 batting average against in five starts this season. His numbers as a reliever are much more efficient (2.61 ERA in 20.2 innings), but his chances to eat up innings are going to diminish as starters hit their stride mid-summer.
Perez has no business in the big leagues, at least not on a team that currently flaunts the best record in baseball. His back-and-forth trek between triple-A Fresno and San Francisco is a product of his minimal net worth. Even though he's an outstanding defensive outfielder, Perez flat out can't hit. He owns a .167 batting average with one home run, albeit a game-winner, in 30 at bats this season. He'll be demoted upon Brandon Belt's return.
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