The Giants will only face nine opponents this season, getting the usual divisional slate and then 20 games against American League West teams in a year where one of the focuses is limiting travel. But you can still see plenty of old friends if you tune into games from other regions.
Twenty-five of the 30 teams released player pools Sunday — most are going with Summer Camp as their preferred label for what’s about to come — and four more did Monday morning. Your San Francisco Giants are the only team out there still holding onto their roster, as of 10 a.m. Nearly every team left significant space for further additions, but already there are plenty of former Giants in the mix. Here’s a rundown of some former San Francisco stars, top prospects, and a few players you probably thought retired a couple of years ago …
Braves: Will Smith, Mark Melancon, Adam Duvall, Charlie Culberson, Yangervis Solarte — Melancon, Duvall and Culberson were all there last year when the Braves made the playoffs and Smith was their offseason splash. They also added Solarte — who was DFA’d by the Giants last year and then played in Japan for a few months — as a non-roster invitee.
Nationals: Fernando Abad
Marlins: Matt Joyce
Mets: Eduardo Nuñez, Jarrett Parker, Hunter Strickland, Johneshwy Fargas, Melky Cabrera, Gordon Beckham — Jarrett Parker sighting! He’s looking to get back to regular big league time three years after he last played for the Giants. Fargas is a speedster who spent most of the decade in the Giants’ system but never got past Double-A; he could be interesting as a pinch-running specialist. Strickland was released by the Nationals in March but signed with the Mets on Monday.
Pirates: Bryan Reynolds, Kyle Crick, Chris Stratton, Derek Holland, Andrew Susac — They’ve put together Giants East, and could have as many as four old friends on their initial 30-man roster. Susac, who last played double-digit big league games in 2015, will be in the alternate camp as catching depth.
Brewers: Ray Black
I’m sorry, really, I am. But they do have one more former Giant in camp …
Yankees: Matt Duffy, Erik Kratz, Dan Otero — Duffy was in camp with the Rangers but now will try to grab a utility role with the best team in the American League. Otero, who made his debut with the Giants in 2012, spent the last four years in Cleveland.
Rays: D.J. Snelten, Lucius Fox — Late last year, Snelten was posting intriguing velo numbers on Twitter and looking for a job. Now there’s a decent chance he’s in the big leagues at some point this season. Pretty incredible. The Giants traded Fox to the Rays in the Moore-Duffy trade.
Blue Jays: Joe Panik, Ruben Tejada, Travis Bergen — Panik actually had his contract purchased right before the roster freeze went into place.
Orioles: Ty Blach
Indians: Christian Arroyo — The former Giants first-rounder is on his third team, but he’s still just 25 and perhaps will get a look from a team aiming for the future.
Tigers: Cameron Maybin
Twins: Sergio Romo, Ehire Adrianza
A’s: Yusmeiro Petit
Rangers: Tim Federowicz, Derek Law
Mariners: Tom Murphy (a Giant for like five minutes, but still!)
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A look at all the former Giants who showed up in MLB player pools originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area