How San Francisco Giants Can Compete Under the Luxury Tax Cap
Sign RP Pat Neshek (1 year, $8 million)
Submariner Pat Neshek should have a fair amount of interest this offseason, as he’s coming off a campaign in which he posted a 1.59 ERA over 62 innings for both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies.
He’s also 37, so he probably won’t get more than two years. Coming off of his great year, I wouldn’t be upset if the Giants have to put in a 2 year/$14 million deal for his services, which might be what it would take.
Think about a potential bullpen with Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson, Cory Gearrin, a healthy Will Smith, Kyle Crick, Chris Stratton/Ty Blach, Josh Osich/Steven Okert, and Pat Neshek. That’s a great mix of youth and veterans, some with high ceilings and others with high floors.
Some may think we need to add a quality lefty instead, but Neshek holds them to just a .614 OPS (just a .486 OPS allowed against right-handed hitters too).
A dominant bullpen is key to any team with playoff aspirations, but if the Giants fall short they can flip Neshek to a contender for a similar haul to the one the Phillies received.