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Free Agents the SF Giants should consider this offseason - not named Rodon, Judge, or Turner

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Free Agents the SF Giants should consider this offseason - not named Rodon, Judge, or Turner

3. Pitching, Pitching, Pitching...

You can include Ohtani amongst the pitchers the Giants should try and obtain this offseason, of course, but who else? Well, the trade market could be interesting. Would the Phillies -- after their magical postseason run -- even entertain moving Aaron Nola, who is due to be a free agent after 2023? The Giants should at least make a call. Dave Dombrowski might hang up or let it go to voice mail, but at least make an inquiry. The same with the Guardians' Shane Bieber. It might be a little too early for Bieber, who is not a free agent until after the 2024 season, but regardless, it would be worth a phone call. A few more trade suggestions. The Marlins have two interesting names to look for (or three if you think they'd think about moving from Sandy Alcantara). The first is 2021 All-Star Trevor Rogers. He will be 25 on Opening Day, coming off of a year where he had a big regression, pitching to an ERA of 5.47, compared to 2.64 in 2022. Rogers might be a little more expensive than say a rental you would get at the trade deadline, as he has four full seasons of control left. The other Marlin is Pablo Lopez. He was supposedly almost a Yankee at the most recent trade deadline, however, Miami decided to hang onto him. With two years left of control, would Miami be willing to entertain trade offers again for the 27-year-old? Lopez had career highs in basically every category in 2022 (games started, innings pitched, and strikeouts, most notably), which led to a 'higher' ERA of 3.75.

The final trade candidate comes from the American League. The Twins had another sublime season, Carlos Correa is likely not going to sign back, and the Guardians will be just as dominant in 2023 as they were this past season, would they be wise to move on from 32-year-old Sonny Gray? He has made at least 24 starts in a season and had an average ERA+ of 120 every year since 2017 (excluding the COVID year), is owed $12M -- assuming the Twins pick up one of the easiest team option choices in major league history -- and will be a free agent at the end of 2023. Gray would be a good fit alongside Webb, Wood, DeSclafani, and Cobb in the Giants rotation.

Free agent candidates include maybe two of the best right-handed pitchers in the game currently, Jacob deGrom or Justin Verlander. Noah Syndergaard or a proven champion in Nathan Eovaldi do not have the same sex appeal as the first two but still would help fill out the rotation nicely. One more under-the-radar pitcher to watch in free agency: Martin Perez. Nearly 200 innings in 2022, 169 strikeouts, and an ERA of 2.89, helped Perez make his first All-Star team, and maybe, just maybe a rouge Cy Young vote.

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Finally, let's look at some bullpen pieces. TAYLOR Rogers would be a nice option from the left side to compliment his brother. Speaking of lefties, Andrew Chaffin would be a nice get if the Tigers decide to sell the 32-year-old, OR if he is an outright free agent, depending on what he does with his $6.5M player option. A sexier, but more expensive player would be former Mets closer Edwin Diaz, who will be due for a massive payday this winter. Finally, Rafael Montero (1.3 WAR, 2.37 ERA, 68 IP) and Michael Fulmer (0.8 WAR, 3.39 ERA, 63 IP) are two guys who would also help fortify the 'pen with Camilo Doval.

After a champion is crowned and once the champagne dries it will be interesting to see who exactly the Giants go after in both the free agent and trade markets, but one thing is for sure: they cannot go into the night silently, especially after what the Padres and Dodgers have done constructing their rosters, and what they will continue to do this winter.

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