March 13, 2013; Goodyear, AZ, USA; San Francisco Giants shortstop Nick Noonan (64) dives for the ball in the second inning during a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Giants in Market for Backup Infielder, is Nick Noonan the Answer?

The San Francisco Giants are pretty much set. Despite a few minor injuries, their starting lineup is obvious, but they’re in the market for a backup infielder, reports Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area.

There isn’t much on the scrapheap. One name that stands out is Ryan Theriot, but he is seeking a starting role, and appears set on finding that opportunity.

The recently released Yuniesky Betancourt may be an option. He isn’t much of a hitter, but he has experience, which is likely a trait that Giants’ managment would prefer over a minor leaguer, even if it costs them a few more coins.

Speaking of inexperienced internal options…

Nick Noonan seems to be the front-runner to be the internal backup infielder if San Francisco chooses to go that route. He’s barely hitting north of .200 this spring, but the Giants have kept him around.

The ultimate question boils down to whether or not there’s a better alternative to Noonan on the free-agent market. There is probably more experience, but talent-wise, probably not by much.


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