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SF Giants: Three players who will not be back in 2021

Nick San Miguel
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of game two of their double header at Oracle Park on September 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Jeff Samardzija #29 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the San Diego Padres in the first inning of game two of their double header at Oracle Park on September 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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SF Giants, Trevor Cahill
SF Giants RHP Trevor Cahill. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)

SF Giants Player Who Won’t Be Back: Trevor Cahill

The Giants had to scramble to put together a rotation throughout the year. Trevor Cahill was the perfect player who could start and come out of the bullpen. Cahill had mixed results as a starter for the team, but overall his numbers were respectable posting a 3.24 ERA in six starts and eleven total appearances.

It is not totally inconceivable that Cahill could come back in 2021, but the Giants seem destined to aim for more reliable starters in free agency. Besides, it seems to be Cahill’s desire to play for every team in the league before he hangs it up so he may want to sign with a different team to check another off his list in 2021.

All jokes aside, Cahill is the kind of versatile piece that could fit on nearly every pitching staff. However, he’s likely to be looking for a chance to compete for a spot as a starter. The Giants may lack depth at the moment, but after the offseason, it seems likely those opportunities will be more readily available elsewhere.

It will be interesting to see which players the Giants do bring back. Gausman and Smyly seem to be the two biggest targets but you never know in free agency. Besides maybe the organization goes for even bigger fish.

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We shall see who stays and who leaves in the coming weeks and months as the SF Giants try to build up a playoff-caliber team for 2021. At the moment, it’s hard to envision Jeff Samardzija, Tyler Heineman, or Trevor Cahill suiting up for the Giants next season.

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