The San Francisco Giants head into the offseason looking to bolster their starting rotation. Could they roll the dice on a dark horse free-agent target?
We have already looked at five under-the-radar starting pitching targets that the team could explore this winter, but there are a plethora of other low-cost options that the team could pursue.
With Gerrit Cole getting knocked around in Game 1 of the World Series, who needs a star ace anyway?
In all seriousness, it has historically been tough for the San Francisco Giants to attract big-name free-agent pitchers. As such, acquiring lower profile ones as they did with Drew Pomeranz last offseason may be their best bet at improving the team.
Historically speaking, signing lower profile starters has resulted in some of their best acquisitions during this past championship decade. Ryan Vogelsong was an under-the-radar pick up that ended up emerging as one of the most beloved Giants during the championship run thanks to his clutch 2012 postseason.
No one predicted that Vogelsong was even going to be on the big league roster in 2011 after he signed a minor league deal during the offseason, let alone a future San Francisco Giants legend. It just goes to show that a diamond in the rough can sometimes be just as valuable as a big-name ace.
So who could be the next possible Vogelsong for the Giants?
Without further ado, let’s take a look at three more starters that might not jump off the page but could help the team out a great deal in 2020 and beyond.