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What Pitchers Should The Giants Offer A Spring Invite To?

By Bryan Rose

Yesterday afternoon, Hank Schulman tweeted that the Giants weren’t exactly in the market for a fifth starter they’d have to lure via free agency (shocker, I know) but were open to any starter willing to take a minor league contract. Lucky, them.

The market is pretty thin, but lets take a quick look at the available names on the market:

Few big names grace that list, and of those that do, each has significant issues – mostly due to health related problems. However, that’s not to say the Giants shouldn’t take a risk on any of the former high and mid-level starters taken down by ‘ol Charlie Horse.

Pitching nearly half (or more) of your games in the comfy confines of AT&T, not to mention a multitude of other starts taking place at Petco and Dodger Stadium could be quite the career changer for a handful of the above names (assuming health maintains). A few players (like Chris Young) might be too far gone from an injury perspective, others may be too old (Livan) – but could a sinkerballer like Brandon Webb resurrect in the National League West again? Could Rich Harden throw 130 innings of sub 4.00 ERA ball? Granted, none of the options are sure things – and we’ll each have our own perspective on what former solid pitcher has the ability to mount a Vogelsong like comeback (if any) – but there are some names that intrigue you in the above list for a Spring invite.