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San Francisco Giants: Three free-agent pitchers to avoid this offseason

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the seventh inning of the game three of the National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the seventh inning of the game three of the National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /
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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 14: Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the seventh inning of the game three of the National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)-San Francisco Giants /

There are several solid pitchers hitting the free-agent market this offseason, and some could help the San Francisco Giants. These three top names, would not.

A quick look at the San Francisco Giants pitching numbers from the 2019 season reveals a team that was roughly league-average in several major categories, including ERA, ERA+, home runs allowed and walks.

All things considered, being in the middle of the pack isn’t a bad thing at all.

However, what is of concern is who is left on the roster entering next season, especially in the starting rotation.

First of all, we need to brace ourselves for the possibility of losing Madison Bumgarner. Hurts to say it, hurts to write it, but it is the dark cloud looming over the San Francisco Giants this offseason.

That means the starting rotation’s top two pitchers will likely be Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto. The former had a stellar 2019 season with 11 wins, a 3.52 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in 181.1 innings. The latter returned from Tommy John surgery faster than expected to make four starts and he’ll now have a healthy offseason to prepare for 2020.

Who will fill the last three spots, though?

Some other in-house options include Tyler Beede (22 GS, 5.08 ERA, 1.48 WHIP), Dereck Rodriguez (16 GS, 5.64 ERA, 1.45 WHIP), Shaun Anderson (16 GS, 5.44 ERA, 1.55 WHIP), and Logan Webb (8 GS, 5.22 ERA, 1.46 WHIP).

All four young pitchers showed potential while struggling to find any level of consistency.

With room to improve in the rotation, adding another starting pitcher this offseason is not out of the question. The Giants could make a quick and effective upgrade by signing any of a number of free agents this offseason.

However, there are some free agents who would not be beneficial to the team. Ahead we’ve highlighted three of them.

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