Giants Need No. 4: Closer
With Will Smith‘s departure and no clear in-house replacement, finding a reliever to fill the hole at the back of the bullpen looks like a must so that fans don’t have aneurysms due to the number of blown saves when each win will need to be cherished.
Veteran lefty Tony Watson is the only pitcher on the current roster I see as a feasible option to take over closer duties if the front office does not want to spend money on another arm. Reyes Moronta is another option, but given he’s going to miss a good chunk of 2020 recovering from shoulder surgery and has control issues, so he’s a better fit in his current role as a setup man.
So why not sign Sergio Romo to a one-year deal?
The fans love him and he was still a serviceable closer option in 2019 when he nailed down 20 of 23 save chances with the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins.
If Zaidi does not want to go down that road, then perhaps Tyler Clippard could be the answer. He has some experience closing out games with 68 career saves and he had a 2.90 ERA in 53 appearances with the Cleveland Indians in 2019.