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Giants: Who will replace All-Star Will Smith in the closer’s role?

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates beating the Milwaukee Brewers and getting the save at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 15: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrates beating the Milwaukee Brewers and getting the save at Oracle Park on June 15, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 15: Will Harris #36 of the Houston Astros pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 15: Will Harris #36 of the Houston Astros pitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

Free-agent option No. 1: Will Harris

What’s not to love here?

In his last five seasons with the Houston Astros, Will Harris has logged a 2.36 ERA and 0.90 WHIP with 9.5 K/9. He has averaged 62 appearances and 59 innings per season during that span.

Last season was his best yet, as he finished with a 1.50 ERA and four saves in 68 appearances.

Not only was he a reliable workhorse, but he also did a great job keeping the ball in the ballpark against several home-run happy teams, surrendering just six long balls in 60 innings of work.

Harris may only have 20 saves during his time with the Astros, but they’ve had some excellent closer options during that time, including Ken Giles, Hector Rondon, and Roberto Osuna.

The biggest red flag is his age.

Harris turned 35 years old in August, so he’s coming down the homestretch of his career. Then again, if the Giants have a chance to bring in an experienced veteran to help teach the young guns in the bullpen while remaining competitive at the same time, all the better.

There is going to be a robust market for Harris, especially now that Smith is no longer available, so the asking price could climb out of the San Francisco Giants price range.

If that happens, there’s another appealing free-agent option likely to come at a lower price point.

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