For a good portion of the offseason, the addition of Pat Venditte was the most interesting thing that had occurred.
The ambidextrous hurler was signed as a free agent on Dec. 21 after spending the 2018 season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he posted a 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 15 appearances at the MLB level.
All told, he had a 4.45 ERA in 56 appearances in the majors with the Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners and Dodgers when he joined the Giants.
At the time, poaching him from the Dodgers seemed emblematic of Farhan Zaidi’s new and different approach and influence on the team.
After starting the season at Triple-A, he was called up to the majors on May 4.
He allowed a single hit, which happened to be a solo home run, over two innings of work in his season debut, before he was served up three hits, two walks and five earned runs two days later.
The 34-year-old was promptly optioned back to the minors after that, where he has pitched well enough to earn a spot on the Triple-A All-Star team.
In 22 appearances in the minors, he has a 3.19 ERA and 1.09 WHIP with 53 strikeouts in 42.1 innings. He too could make his way back onto the active roster at some point before the season is over.