San Francisco Giants: Top 5 non-tendered free agents for Giants to consider

By Gary Oversen
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Apr 12, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Henderson Alvarez (37) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Henderson Alvarez – RHP

The Miami Marlins decided to part ways with the young hurler who was there opening day starter. At just 25-years old, Alvarez keeps the ball down, and would thrive with the defense the Giants employ behind him.

He threw a no-hitter in the final game of 2013, and had a great 2014 with a 12-7 record, 2.65 ERA, and an All-Star appearance.

Last year wasn’t so rosy however, with a shoulder injury shutting down his season after going 0-4 with a 6.45 ERA. Last year was just a lost year, so it’s the injury itself that is really the most important aspect.

He is on track to be ready about a month into the season, so he won’t pay quick dividends. But a team getting him will have him under their control until 2018. He is projected to be in the $4 million range, so it isn’t a huge investment.

Very low risk, high reward signing. It’s surprising the Marlins let him go, he won’t be available long.