Donovan Solano will be returning to the Giants next year, he’ll just be making less than he hoped.
In the Giants’ won their first arbitration hearing in 17 years, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, an independent arbiter siding with the team over Solano in the dispute. He will reportedly make $3.25 million after asking for $3.9 million.
The Giants have won their arbitration hearing against Donovan Solano, per source. Solano will earn $3.25 million in 2021; he had filed for $3.9 million.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) February 18, 2021
Typically teams and players try to avoid getting to the hearing stage, usually agreeing to deals on deadline day. The last time the Giants had a hearing was 2003 with A.J. Pierzynski, although they came close with both Brandon Belt and Tim Lincecum.
Solano, 33, is coming off a career year in which he slashed .326/.365/.463 and won the NL Silver Slugger Award at second base. Solano figures to enter the season as the team’s first-string second baseman but will be pushed heavily by former All-Star Tommy LaStella and Wilmer Flores.