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San Francisco Giants: Alternatives to the Free Agent Closers

Sep 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) signals in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) signals in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
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Aug 6, 2016; Washington, DC, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Derek Law (64) throws to the Washington Nationals during the eighth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Alternative Option No. 1: Do Nothing

Frankly, this option is the dumbest option, and the least likely option of all of them. However, the fact that it is an option means the Giants could still choose that. In doing nothing they would have to re-sign Sergio Romo. Frankly, Romo will want to be a closer and other teams might give him that option. Romo would need to be added as the eighth inning guy, because I still haven’t seen enough from Strickland to convince me he should be in high stress situations beyond the seventh inning. Who cares about velocity. His velocity isn’t special enough to induce swing and misses. When players square up velocity, it goes a long ways. They can’t have that happen in late inning situations like they did this season. So who would be the Closer?

Derek Law would, and should be the closer if this happens. He’s the only guy who showed enough swing and miss, type stuff while inducing bad contact more than most guys in the bullpen. If you look at his stuff on Fangraphs, he had as good of a year as Jansen did in 2015. That was IN HIS ROOKIE SEASON. Law has the ability to be the closer of the future for the Giants, in my honest opinion. If they wanted to be cheap about the closer role and groom him to take it over full time, then that is not a bad option. Unfortunately, in just re-signing Romo and re-shuffling bullpen roles, they don’t really upgrade the pen. There is a way they can promote/groom Law for the role AND upgrade the pen, without getting one of the top three free agent closers.

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