The San Francisco Giants have a lot of work to do this offseason if they want to be competitive in 2024. Their pitching staff performed admirably this past season, but their depth was a real problem especially in the second half. The offense may need a complete overhaul as it lacks impact bats, is losing Joc Pederson to free agency, and ranked just 18th overall by fWAR in all of baseball in 2023.
While wondering what can be done to fix the offense will be a hot topic this offseason, the focus here is going to be on the Giants' pitching staff. The strength of this free agent class, without question, is on the pitching side and it sure seems like San Fran should be able to add at least one impact arm to their rotation if they so choose. However, what would it look like if the Giants didn't care about money at all and just assembled the best rotation possible?
The dream 2024 SF Giants starting rotation
The goal here isn't to just assume a bunch of trades that would never happen and assembling an All-Star team. This should still FEEL like a Giants' rotation, but with the idea that it would be a Giants rotation that was built with little regard for fiscal responsibility. The end result may be that San Francisco has some guys under contract like Ross Striping and Alex Cobb that will either need to pitch out of the bullpen or get traded, but again....we don't care about the efficient use of resources here. This is a dream scenario, nothing more or less. Let's take a look at what that could look like.
The starting point is obvious here as Logan Webb has solidified himself as the anchor of the Giants' rotation. Not only did he post another excellent season with a 3.25 ERA while leading the league in innings pitched in 2023, but he was named a Cy Young finalist for the first time. He may not have the best swing and miss stuff, but he fills the strike zone and is elite at getting guys to chase his pitches out of the zone and keeping the ball on the ground.
The Giants were fortunate to be able to lock Webb into a five year, $90 million extension this past April. He is going to start costing real money starting in 2026, but the trajectory he is on sure makes it feel like the Giants saved themselves some money in getting that deal done. He is an easy inclusion here.