5 biggest regrets the Giants should have this offseason

Nick San Miguel
Former Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
Former Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) /
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Not signing a closer

The Giants were fortunate enough to have one of the best closers in baseball last season.

Left-hander Will Smith had 34 saves last season with a 2.76 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, and he was the team’s representative in the All-Star Game.

As expected, he departed for greener pastures in free agency, signing a three-year, $40 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.

However, the Giants failed to find a proven replacement, and it looks like they will instead turn to veteran setup man Tony Watson to fill the ninth-inning void.

There were solid options on the free-agent market like Daniel Hudson and Steve Cishek who would have at least given some measure of stability to the back-end of a weak bullpen.

If the Giants can’t rely on Watson to close out games, things could go from bad to worse awfully quick in 2020.

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