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NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 23: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the New York Mets during their game at Citi Field on August 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – APRIL 28: Manager Bruce Bochy #15 of the San Francisco Giants comes out an signals the bullpen to make a pitching change against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the top of the seventh inning of game two of a double header at AT&T Park on April 28, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Giants bullpen is going to get a lot of work this season if manager Bruce Bochy continues to have a short leash with guys like Jeff Samardzija and Drew Pomeranz.

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As such, he’s going to need some quality middle relief work to bridge the gap to the late-inning trio of Sam Dyson, Reyes Moronta and Will Smith.

Trevor Gott has been an early standout from the middle relief contingent.

Acquired from the Washington Nationals in February in exchange for cash considerations, Gott struggled to a 5.68 ERA in 20 appearances last season.

Once upon a time, he was viewed as a potential future closer with the Los Angeles Angels, before he was traded to the Nationals in the deal that brought Yunel Escobar to LA.

He pitched his way onto the Opening Day roster with an excellent spring, striking out 13 without allowing an earned run in 11.2 innings.

Gott saw action twice in the Tampa Bay series, striking out two in a perfect inning on Friday, and punching out three while allowing one hit in two scoreless innings on Sunday.

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It’s a small sample size, but so far, Gott looks like one of the better under-the-radar additions of the offseason among relievers.

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