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SF Giants: 3 Affordable Free Agent Starting Pitchers

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Drew Smyly
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2. Drew Smyly

San Francisco Giants fans may remember Drew Smyly from his time on the Giants in 2020. He had a very solid year with the team which helped him secure an $11 million contract with the Atlanta Braves. He is currently trying to help them win a World Series, but once he becomes a free agent this offseason the Giants may look for a reunion with the left-handed hurler.

In 2021 with the Braves, Smyly had a record of 11-4 with a 4.48 ERA in 29 appearances, 23 of which were starts. The last month of the season found him relegated to bullpen duties, a similar spot to where he was towards the end of his tenure with the Giants due to injuries.

If the Giants brought him back and made it clear that they intend for him to be a starter, that could entice him to come back to San Francisco. However, the $11 million price tag may be a little steep in the eyes of the Giants. Unless they could get him to take a pay cut, they may be better served trying to bring back Alex Wood for a lower price and, in all likelihood, similar, if not better, performance.

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