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