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SF Giants Rumors: Looking to Add Left-Handed Starter

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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Jose Quintana is one of the many left-handed starting pitchers that the SF Giants could target this offseason. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

SF Giants general manager Scott Harris spoke with Jon Morosi on MLB Network Radio and seemed confident that the team would land a left-handed starter over the coming weeks.

In a conversation with Jon Morosi on MLB Network Radio, SF Giants general manager Scott Harris confirmed that the team is eyeing a left-handed starting pitcher to fill out the team’s rotation and expect to add one in the coming weeks. Of course, the Giants currently do not have any southpaws slated to be in their rotation.

The Giants starting rotation was easily the team’s biggest weakness in 2020 and clearly required additions this offseason. Even after retaining Kevin Gausman on a one-year deal and adding Anthony DeSclafani on another single-season pact, there are still many remaining questions surrounding the team’s starting five.

There are many left-handed starting pitchers available on the free-agent market. James Paxton and Jose Quintana are easily the two best lefties, but will also be the most costly. If the organization is eyeing another reclamation project, someone like Carlos Rodon would fit the bill. Still, there are also veterans like Jon Lester, who come with far less upside but more consistent track records.

Contrary to Morosi’s framing, the Giants seem more inclined towards adding a southpaw than committed to passing up equivalent right-handed starters. The Giants were recently finalists for Yomiuri Giants ace Tomoyuki Sugano, a right-handed pitcher. It would be silly to completely ignore righties in pursuit of “balancing” the rotation, and it appears the Giants are doing no such thing.

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While it only confirmed what many already knew, SF Giants general manager Scott Harris reaffirmed that the team intends to add another starting pitcher in the coming weeks. He suggested the team is inclined to target a left-handed arm, but recent rumors suggest the organization is far from committed to that approach.

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