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Five best moves of a busy offseason for the Giants

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SF Giants fans have had to say goodbye to veterans Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence in the past few weeks. The Giants designated Sandoval for assignment on Thursday to clear a spot for Justin Smoak. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SF Giants fans have had to say goodbye to veterans Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence in the past few weeks. The Giants designated Sandoval for assignment on Thursday to clear a spot for Justin Smoak. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Giants pitcher Drew Smyly. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Signing Drew Smyly

Lacking any sort of rotation depth, the Giants went out and signed several veteran starters to one-year deals in an effort to create some competition for the final rotation spots.

Drew Smyly was probably the best signing of the bunch.

He adds a left-handed presence to the rotation and he pitched well during his time with the Philadelphia Phillies last year after a rocky start to the season with the Texas Rangers.

The 30-year-old pitched to a 4.45 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 62.2 innings with the Phillies down the stretch.

Manager Gabe Kapler got to see Smyly first hand last year when he was still managing the Phillies, and that established rapport should help him settle in as a member of the Giants.

He’s probably not going to win a Cy Young, but he makes the Giants rotation a little better in 2020, which is well worth the one-year, $4 million deal it cost to sign him.

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