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Drew Smyly. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Drew Smyly. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Drew Smyly. (Photo by Drew Hall/Getty Images)

Giants free-agent target: Drew Smyly

Tyler Anderson is currently the only left-handed starting pitcher in the mix for a rotation spot, and the Giants pitching staff as a whole is short on left-handed pitchers.

Drew Smyly just so happens to throw with his left hand.

The southpaw began the 2019 season with the Texas Rangers after missing 2017 and 2018 recovering from Tommy John surgery. He had a brief stop with the Milwaukee Brewers Triple-A affiliate in July after he was released by the Rangers, before latching on with the Philadelphia Phillies for the stretch run.

The overall results were not great, but Smyly proved to be healthy for the first time in years. Across 114 frames, the 30-year-old posted a 6.24 ERA with an equally unappealing 6.26 FIP.

However, he produced a 4.45 ERA in 62.2 innings a Phillies uniform, so he was much better after he shook off the early season rust.

If the Giants decided to reel in Smyly, it could prove to be an opportunistic move. The 6.26 ERA he posted in 2019 is unsightly, but he could be an excellent buy-low starting pitcher in the same mold as Drew Pomeranz.

Over the course of his six-year MLB career, Smyly has a 4.16 ERA with a 4.23 FIP across 646.1 innings. He has also generated strikeouts at a solid rate with 8.8 K/9.

So while the 2019 season may not be representative of his overall ability, teams will still be weary of offering him a guaranteed contract given his extensive injury history. That gives him a ton of bargain potential.

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