SAN FRANCISCO - The decision to go with Connor Joe and Michael Reed did not cost the Giants another outfielder.
The Giants ultimately did pretty well in their pre-Opening Day shuffling. Williamson will remain with the organization, with the hope that he finds the power he displayed in Triple-A and the big leagues before a concussion wrecked his 2018 season. Alen Hanson, also DFA'd, was used as part of a trade that brought Kevin Pillar to San Francisco.
The Giants hoped Williamson, 28, would win a corner job in spring training, but he hit just .237 with one home run. That has made the road back to the big leagues a bit longer. Williamson is no longer on the 40-man roster, so he cannot be shuttled back and forth. With Steven Duggar, Pillar and Gerardo Parra in the big league outfield - and Joe getting a look as a Rule 5 player - there is not currently a spot for someone who just plays the corners.
Williamson could work himself back into the mix, though, if he repeats last season's early success. The Giants still have a huge hole he can fill. They hit five homers in their first seven games but just one came from an outfielder. The only right-handed hitters to homer thus far are Evan Longoria and Madison Bumgarner.