Ranking the top pitching trade targets if the SF Giants miss out on Shohei Ohtani

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Ranking the top pitching trade targets if the SF Giants miss out on Shohei Ohtani

3) Tyler Glasnow

Glasnow, who is slated to be a part of the 2025 free agency class, will require a long-term contract to retain, should the SF Giants elect to trade for his services. He also carries an extensive injury history that cannot be ignored.

However, when healthy, Glasnow is one of the most effective pitchers in baseball. While the veteran has never received serious Cy Young or All-Star momentum, the Rays' ace has proven that his ceiling is as high as anyone's.

Glasnow holds a 3.89 career ERA. In 2023, he recorded a 3.53 ERA with a 10-7 record. He also posted an excellent K-to-BB ratio with 162 strikeouts and just 37 walks. This holds true to his career marks of 678Ks and 212 walks.

According to Baseball Savant, his advanced metrics indicate that Glasnow has been criminally underrated. He possesses some of the best whiff metrics in all of baseball while featuring a healthy mix of dominant high-velocity and off-speed pitches.

I've written before that Glasnow would be a great fit in the Bay Area. In the nightmare scenario where Ohtani brings his services to another club, trading for Glasnow would immediately allow the Giants to recover momentum and contend in 2024.

Additionally, a trade for the Tampa Bay ace could open the door for San Fransisco to swing a blockbuster including both he and superstar outfielder Randy Arozarena.