San Francisco Giants: Five starting pitchers to target in free agency

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 12: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 12, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JULY 12: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros throws against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on July 12, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on September 8, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 08: Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros pitches in the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on September 8, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

RHP Gerrit Cole

Right-hander Gerrit Cole will without a doubt be the most sought after pitcher on the free-agent market, and he’s headed for a massive payday.

That said, the Giants have an ace-in-the-hole when it comes to their pursuit of Cole.

His brother-in-law is shortstop Brandon Crawford and him joining the San Francisco Giants would certainly make things a lot easier for the whole family. There’s also the fact that Oracle Park is a very pitcher-friendly park, even if they move in the fences in Triples Alley.

This is more than just a family affair, though.

Cole, 29, is having a brilliant season for the Houston Astros.

In 29 starts, he’s gone 16-5 with a 2.73 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 291 strikeouts in 184.1 innings, putting him squarely at the front of the AL Cy Young race alongside teammate Justin Verlander.

His age, track record and elite stuff will all help him secure a huge contract this winter.

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However, the San Francisco Giants could also sign a guy named Madison Bumgarner if they are going to spend a fortune on their starting rotation. Either way, finding someone to lead the staff going forward looks like a top priority this winter.

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