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SF Giants: Three Left-Handed Starting Pitcher Targets

Nick San Miguel
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) James Paxton #65 of the New York Yankees in action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 20, 2020 in New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 10-5. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) James Paxton #65 of the New York Yankees in action against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium on August 20, 2020 in New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 10-5. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After non-tendering Tyler Anderson, the SF Giants have no left-handed starters left in their rotation. Could that change before the end of the offseason? (Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images)

The SF Giants will need to bolster their starting pitching if they want to be a factor in 2021. Without any southpaws currently in their rotation, it would make sense to target a lefty. Here are three lefties the front office could target in free agency.

In 2020, the SF Giants were very inconsistent when it came to starting pitching. Kevin Gausman was one of the few bright spots, but positive performances were sparse outside of him. With Drew Smyly leaving in free agency and Tyler Anderson being non-tendered by the Giants, there will not be any left-handed pitchers in their rotation next season.

Even after the signing of Anthony DeSclafani, the state of the rotation for the Giants still does not inspire a ton of confidence. The team has Johnny Cueto, Gausman, Logan Webb, and DeSclafani penciled in so far with arms like Conor Menez as one possibility for the fifth spot, which would give the team at least one left-handed starter.

However, if the Giants are serious about contending in 2021, they should consider signing an established solid left-handed starter to bolster the rotation. Having left-handed options is especially valuable in a division where they will face the Los Angeles Dodgers many times over the next few seasons, a team that has some of the most feared left-handed hitters in the game.

With the president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and manager Gabe Kapler making clear how much matchups mean to them, it would make sense for the team to sign a lefty to have better matchups against lineups that have formidable left-handed hitters.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at three left-handed starters that the Giants could sign in free agency.

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