The San Francisco Giants have work to do rebuilding the relief corps this offseason. Here’s a look at the current state of the bullpen.
Pitchers are already flying off the shelves this holiday season. With Stephen Strasburg, Cole Hamels, Zach Wheeler, and former San Francisco Giants lefty relievers Will Smith and Drew Pomeranz among the free-agent arms already signing new contracts, the field of available options has thinned considerably.
So who will the Giants bring in this offseason?
Undoubtedly, the ever-wheeling-and-dealing decision maker Farhan Zaidi will be active, but the player tier he will target, if any, remains a mystery. Simply put, there are plenty of holes to be filled this offseason and any number of ways to address them.
Let’s narrow the scope to the bullpen.
Going back to July, the team has lost Smith, Pomeranz, Derek Holland, Mark Melancon, Sam Dyson, and Reyes Moronta (injured for 2020, more on him later). That’s a lot of turnover to make up for before Opening Day 2020.
So let’s take a closer look at the current state of the relief corps, starting with the incumbent options.