A lot of the reporting after the SF Giants traded for Robbie Ray has suggested that Farhan Zaidi is not going after top level arms. Even though Ray will be pitching for the Giants at mid season at the earliest, the thinking seems to go that the Giants may have enough pitching to get them to that mid season mark.
3 mid-rotation options the SF Giants should target after Robbie Ray trade
Most fans are disappointed by this and it is easy to understand why. Both Ray and Alex Cobb are not going to be healthy until sometime in the summer. That leaves Logan Webb and a whole lot of question marks after him. As things stand, here is what the Giants rotation would be if the season started today:
1. Logan Webb
2. Ross Stripling
3. Kyle Harrison
4. Tristan Beck
5. Keaton Winn
That does not exactly inspire a lot of confidence. Stripling struggled mightily last year, and the other three pitchers are all young and showed promise last season, but to have them consisting more than half of your rotation is just premature at this point.
While the Giants may be turning away from top of the market arms, that does not rule out some mid level starters that they could pursue in free agency.
Just one additional starter with solid credentials to slot in at number 2 after Webb would go a long way towards stabilizing the rotation. Here are three mid level starters that would solidify the rotation.