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San Francisco Giants Avoid Arbitration With Conor Gillaspie

A hero for the Giants in the postseason, Conor Gillaspie and the team agreed to a one-year deal, cementing his role on the team for 2017.

The San Francisco Giants and third baseman Conor Gillaspie have an agreement on a one-year, $1.4 million deal for 2017, avoid arbitration according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Gillaspie, 29, was a postseason hero for the Giants after he hit a three-run home run off Mets closer Jeurys Familia to break a scoreless tie. Originally drafted by the Giants, Gillaspie has bounced around the league, spending time in both the majors and minors. He spent the majority of the past three seasons with the Chicago White Sox, logging starters reps at third base. He had a disastrous beginning to 2015, resulting in being designated for assignment by the team and then being traded to the Angels in exchange for cash. His time with the Angels was short, with the team cutting him loose following the 2015 season. 

Gillaspie returned to the Giants on a minor-league deal last offseason. He began in Triple-A for the Giants, but was quickly promoted to the big leagues in late April. Performing primarily in a bench role for San Francisco, Gillaspie performed admirably, slashing .262/.307/.440 in 205 plate appearances. He managed cranked out 8 doubles, 4 triples, and 6 home runs, while driving in 25 runs. He played solid defense at third, but did spend some time at first base as well. 

Eduardo Nunez is expected to enter the season as the starting third baseman in San Francisco after the team acquired him at the trade deadline last season. Gillaspie provides the team a quality backup and bench option. Gillaspie will be arbitration eligible for one more year after 2017, so the Giants have the ability to control him through 2018 as long as he continues to perform. Both Nunez and Gillaspie are both cheap options next year at third base, so it will provide the team some flexibility to get creative with the roster should a need arise.

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