With Shohei Ohtani not slated to pitch at all in 2024 due to having elbow surgery, the next best arm on the free agent market actually comes from overseas. Yoshinobu Yamamoto has been dominating over in Japan thanks to a high 90's fastball, unfair splitter, and a plus curveball. Expected to be posted this offseason, Yamamoto's destination is going to be a hot topic this offseason and he could easily freeze the starting pitching market until he signs.
The Giants have been heavily connected to Yamamoto so far and are among the favorites to land him. He will not come cheaply as he has been projected to get north of $200 million on a six or seven year deal in addition to the posting fee that will have to be paid to his club, the Orix Buffaloes, which won't be cheap. However, this signing doesn't actually feel all that farfetched and would give the Giants a power right-hander here to help balance the rotation out.
To round out our dream Giants rotation for 2024, the free agent pool is drawn from yet again with Jordan Montgomery. Again, this isn't completely unrealistic especially in a world where the Giants miss out on signing Shohei Ohtani, although San Francisco really needs to add a bat over another arm in reality instead. However, this isn't reality and Jordan Montgomery had himself quite the breakout season in 2023.
Montgomery isn't a sexy pitcher, but the guy just puts up good numbers each and every year. However, 2023 was his coming out party as he was the only St. Louis Cardinal starting pitcher that actually did his job this season before he was traded to the Rangers at the trade deadline. Altogether, he put up a 3.20 ERA and 4.1 rWAR in 2023 and pitched his brains out in the postseason to help Texas win the World Series. Consistent track record of success, top notch postseason performance, and fills the strike zone? Yes please.