Ranking the top 3 SF Giants starting pitching targets in terms of fit
2. Ross Stripling - 5.55 SO/W ratio, 42.8% GB ratem 0.80 HR/9 rate
Ross Stripling has the potential to be one of the better value signings this offseason. Unlike Chris Bassitt, he does not have draft pick compensation tied to his name. That is going to help expand his market.
MLB Trade Rumors is predicting that he will receive a two-year, $18 million pact. The Giants could sign him and have enough money left over to add a quality sixth starter on a guaranteed deal. They tried to do that last offseason when they signed Matthew Boyd to a one-year, $5.2 million pact.
Of course, Boyd never threw a pitch for the Giants as he was recovering from injury. Conceptually, it is an idea that still makes sense.
Stripling is different from Bassitt in more ways than one in that the seven-year veteran does not have a reliable track record of performance. He was a quality arm for the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier in his career but he was moved between the rotation and bullpen a lot and it took a long time for him to find his footing with the Toronto Blue Jays.
That said, he picked the right time to have a strong season. The 32-year-old registered a 3.01 ERA, 3.11 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 5.55 SO/W ratio, and a 0.80 HR/9 in 32 appearances for the Blue Jays.
He does not tally high strikeout totals but he does not give out a lot of walks and does well to keep the ball in the park. Plus, his age profile seems to be in the Giants' wheelhouse in that he will not land a deal that extends beyond three years at the most.
Somebody is going to sign Stripling and be very happy with that move. The Giants feel like the type of landing spot for the seven-year veteran.