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San Francisco Giants: Who are the options for the fifth starter?

Jun 13, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) pulls starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) in the top of the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) pulls starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) in the top of the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
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Jun 13, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) pulls starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) in the top of the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 13, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) pulls starting pitcher Matt Cain (18) in the top of the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The Winter Meetings are coming up in a few weeks. That means the offseason will pick up steam with breaking news soon. So far it’s quiet on the San Francisco Giants side with only rumors flying around.  So, I thought it was a good idea to look into next year. Who are the options to fill the fifth starter spot?

The San Francisco Giants have a pretty good rotation top to bottom. Even better, they are all under team control for multiple years. Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardjza, and Matt Moore together on the same team? The Giants are set to be contenders for years to come. Now what about that fifth spot? With a rotation that I just mentioned above you might think it doesn’t matter who the fifth starter is.

That fifth starter is just as important as the other four. Sure you only need four starters for playoffs, but if the team just goes 15-15 in 30 starts that he pitches in it could mean the difference between first place and second place. It could determine even making the playoffs at all. Looking forward to Spring Training in 2017, The Giants have four pitchers that will be competing for that spot.

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