Giants Eyeing Left-Handed Starters
12:59pm: The Giants have proven “preliminary” curiosity in Hamels, Morosi tweets. The 37-year-old was restricted to only one begin with the Braves final 12 months attributable to shoulder troubles and is planning to host a showcase for events, although mentioned exercise has but to be scheduled.
8:20am: The Giants are nonetheless available in the market for rotation assist, and the group’s desire could be to steadiness out its group of starters by including a left-hander, common supervisor Scott Harris revealed to Jon Morosi on MLB Community Radio on SiriusXM this week (Twitter hyperlink).
At current, the highest three spots in San Francisco’s rotation all belong to right-handed starters: Kevin Gausman, Johnny Cueto and Anthony DeSclafani. Twenty-four-year-old Logan Webb is probably going the favourite for the fourth spot regardless of some struggles by means of his first 94 MLB innings. That’s partially attributable to his sturdy minor league observe report and up to date standing as one of many group’s prime prospects, but in addition attributable to a scarcity of palatable choices elsewhere on the 40-man roster. Righty Shaun Anderson has struggled each within the rotation and within the bullpen. Fellow right-hander Tyler Beede is predicted again from Tommy John surgical procedure in 2021 however will clearly include some workload limitations.
The Giants do have one lefty choice on the roster within the type of 25-year-old Conner Menez, and former Rays/D-backs prime prospect Anthony Banda shall be in camp on a non-roster invite as effectively. Handedness apart, the Giants may merely use extra innings within the rotation in the intervening time. Even DeSclafani, who’s assured a spot after signing a $6MM contract for the upcoming season, pitched in solely 9 video games (seven begins) final 12 months. DeSclafani missed all the 2017 season attributable to elbow troubles and has frolicked on the IL in all however one season (2019) over the previous 5 years.
The free-agent market isn’t brief on skilled lefties for the Giants to think about. It’s doable they might reunite with Tyler Anderson, who pitched moderately effectively for them in 2020 however was nonetheless non-tendered. They’ve additionally already been reported to have curiosity in veteran Jon Lester, whom Harris is aware of effectively from his time as director of baseball ops and assistant common supervisor with the Cubs. Different choices with ties to the Giants’ entrance workplace embody former Cub Jose Quintana and Alex Wooden, the latter of whom was with the Dodgers throughout Zaidi’s time as common supervisor there.
In fact, such connections might be overblown, and the market has loads of options. James Paxton is probably the highest-upside choice of the bunch if he’s wholesome, whereas veterans like J.A. Happ or Martin Perez may present some bulk innings. Cole Hamels and Wealthy Hill stay unsigned as effectively, and Carlos Rodon remains to be in search of a brand new dwelling after an injury-ruined end to his White Sox tenure.
The Giants ought to have ample payroll capability to tackle any choice they prioritize, be it through free company or commerce. At current, the membership tasks to have a payroll simply north of $142MM (through Roster Useful resource’s Jason Martinez) — a far cry from the $200MM mark carried as lately as 2018.