SAN FRANCISCO (Bleacher Report) — The San Francisco Giants made their final roster moves over the weekend in preparation for Monday’s Opening Day battle with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According the San Jose Mercury News, the club purchased the contract of catcher Guillermo Quiroz and optioned outfielder Cole Gillespie to Triple-A Fresno to set the final 25-man roster. The Giants announced earlier in the week that reliever Chad Gaudin had won the the job for the final spot in the bullpen and prospect Nick Noonan had made the team as a utility infielder.
That left one spot on the roster for the team to carry a fifth outfielder in Gillespie or a third catcher in Quiroz. With Hector Sanchez hobbled by a shoulder injury for most of the spring, the Giants decided to go with Quiroz instead of carrying an additional outfielder. First baseman Brandon Belt’s ability to shift to left field may have factored into that decision as well.
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