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Joaquin Arias has had a poor season.
Joaquin Arias has had a miserable season. He contributed nicely to the Giants in 2012 and 2013 but has fallen on hard times this year.
Arias can play all infield positions and even has some experience in the outfield. His value is as a super-utility player. He is a solid defender at any position he is asked to play.
Arias hit .270 over his first two seasons in San Francisco. In that span, he had 544 at-bats, with six home runs and 53 RBI.
Unfortunately, Arias has not hit this year. In 140 at-bats, he is currently hitting just .207, with an OBP of .237 and OPS of .487.
He is under contract for 2015 at a salary of $1.45 million. He will likely come to spring training with a chance to redeem himself. If Arias finishes the year with a hot streak, he will go a long way toward saving his job for 2015.
A lot depends on Marco Scutaro's status heading into the 2015 season. If Scutaro can play on a semi-regular basis, then Arias will be competing against Joe Panik, Ehire Adrianza and Matt Duffy for a utility infield job.
Panik has played well and looks like he can handle things at second base on the big league level. If Scutaro is unable to play, Arias will have a decent chance to make the team, provided he hits well in the spring.
The Giants will be on a tight budget for 2015 and ideally will not want to just waste the money already committed to Arias. However, if another player, such as Duffy or Adrianza, outplays Arias, it's not enough money that the Giants won't send Arias to the minors.