With Will Smith gone, the San Francisco Giants will be looking to bolster their bullpen for 2020. Here are five free agent options to help the team.
In the first half of the 2019 season, the San Francisco Giants had a very solid bullpen. Will Smith did not blow a single save, and other relievers like Tony Watson, Sam Dyson, and Reyes Moronta created a sturdy bridge to give Smith a lead in the ninth inning.
However, the Giants decided to trade Dyson, Mark Melancon, and Drew Pomeranz at the trade deadline. Those moves might pay off in the long run, but in the short-term, they weakened the bullpen for the second half.
Now, with Will Smith joining the Atlanta Braves in free agency, the bullpen has lost its finest arm. Plus, with Madison Bumgarner also leaving in free agency, you could argue that the team’s bullpen will be under even more stress next year with how weak the rotation is.
However, the Giants discovered some arms in the second half like Sam Coonrod and Jandel Gustave who could prove to be solid pieces of the bullpen in 2020. Also, Shaun Anderson showed promise coming out of the bullpen and has even led some to speculate that he could be the closer.
But the Giants still have an opportunity to improve their bullpen through free-agent acquisitions if they so choose. A Sergio Romo reunion is out of the question, as he already signed with Minnesota, but there are still solid options out there.
Postseason star Daniel Hudson would not make much sense for the rebuilding Giants, but low-cost and low-risk options such as Juan Nicasio are much more in the realm of possibility to add a bit of depth to the bullpen.
There will most likely be an open battle for the closer spot next spring, and adding an ex-closer like Steve Cishek could add a little excitement to the competition.
So let’s take a look at five free-agent options to add depth to the San Francisco Giants bullpen in 2020.