Hamilton and Garcia are both newcomers to the Giants organization. Hamilton, the longtime defensive player for the Reds, is one of the fastest players in baseball and brings a superlative glove to a team that plays in one of the most cavernous stadiums in the game (Oracle Park). He signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training for the Major League during the off-season, but was widely expected to win a spot in the lineup in the early days of camp.
Last year, 29-year-old Hamilton only beat .218 / .289 / .275 in 353 appearances between the Royals and the Braves last year, but he was excellent on the field as habit. Despite a record 826 innings in the field, Hamilton recorded eight defensive points, an ultimate area rating of 7.9 and seven above-average outs (by Statcast).
Garcia, meanwhile, was asked for waivers in February. The 27-year-old was somewhat of a DFA surprise by the Marlins, having presented a BPM of 3.02 in 50 2/3 frames the previous season. Garcia’s peripheral numbers weren’t as pretty; he posted a 3.77 FIP and 4.74 xFIP with an average of 6.9 K / 9 against 2.8 BB / 9. Garcia also took advantage of an average of .248 on the balls in play, although this is in line with his career to date. Even if there is a regression in store on the line, it is controllable for four other seasons, so it’s easy to see why the Giants were happy to take a safe flight on the left-hander.