Yet another reliever who teams would be interested in as either a set-up man or closer is Sam Dyson. Just like Smith and Watson, a solid 2018 campaign with a 2.69 ERA makes him appealing even though he pitches in a pitcher-friendly yard.
He would have to be paired with someone else to bring in a respectable outfielder, but again it brings the question of how much of the bullpen you want to sacrifice for an outfielder.
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Personally, I think the Giants need all of the pieces of their bullpen if they genuinely want to compete this year. They’ll have to play the same kind of ball they played in 2010 with great starting pitching and a solid bullpen that holds on to close leads.
With the current state of their lineup, barring some great years from players like Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford, or Brandon Belt, they’re going to be scratching out runs and playing a lot of close games in a best-case scenario.
That means every run given up will be a big deal. And with a starting rotation that has so many question marks already, I don’t think you can count on them to go deep in every single game. That means the bullpen will be taxed, so the greater number and quality of arms they have in the pen, the better.
I understand the want and need for another outfielder, but I’d be fine with trotting Gerardo Parra out there for the first few months, as outfield defense is also very important, and if he isn’t up to snuff maybe try someone else or go for a trade.
With how all of the trade rumors have panned out recently for the Giants, I’m not going to get my hopes up this time. Besides, they have a good bullpen and at the very least that means games will be somewhat more enjoyable to watch in 2019.