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San Francisco Giants Biggest Disappointments of 2018

Jake Mastroianni
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 17: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants is relieved by manager Bruce Bochy #15 during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 17, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 17: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants is relieved by manager Bruce Bochy #15 during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at AT&T Park on May 17, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants walks through the dugout prior to the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium on March 9, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ – MARCH 09: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants walks through the dugout prior to the spring training game against the Seattle Mariners at Scottsdale Stadium on March 9, 2018 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

Jeff Samardzija 

This one may be pretty obvious, but Samardzija is turning out to be a major disappointment for the San Francisco Giants.

He needed a bounce-back year in 2018, but instead, things got even worse for the 33-year-old righty.

After posting a 4.42 ERA in 32 starts last year, a lot of Giants fans were hoping to see him get back to form in 2018. At least an ERA under four and some consistency would go a long way as the Giants number three starter.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case as he made just 10 starts in 2018 and was awful in those starts posting a 6.25 ERA in 44.2 innings pitched.

The Giants are now looking at a terrible situation with Samardzija as they owe him $19.8 million each of the next two seasons. Those will be his age 34 and 35 seasons, coming off an injury-filled 2018.

There is almost no way the Giants can move that contract without package some prospects in a deal, or eating a good chunk of that money.

Our only hope is that he shows up healthy in spring training and has regained his velocity, which took a major dip in 2018 when coming back from injury.

However, 2018 was a major disappointment for Jeff Samardzija, and I don’t have much hope for his future with this team.

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