SF Giants: 3 top pitchers to target if Carlos Rodon signs elsewhere
Target #1: Jacob deGrom
When he has been healthy, Jacob deGrom has been one of the most effective pitchers in baseball over the last few years.
But the main problem is that deGrom only started 15 games in 2021 and 11 games in 2022. He had an incredible 1.08 ERA in 2021 and a solid 3.08 ERA in 2022.
His strikeout rate is obscene. The last two years he has been striking out an average of 14 batters every nine innings.
The stuff is unquestionable, but his ability to stay healthy is very much a question mark. It remains to be seen whether deGrom, entering his age 35 season, can really be relied upon to give a team 25 or more starts.
deGrom is certainly a big risk, but if he pitches the way everyone knows he is capable of and stays fairly healthy, then the reward in tremendous.
There is also the factor that deGrom has the option to stay with the New York Mets. He may decide that he prefers stability and a familiar situation rather than testing the market where many teams will be reluctant to take a chance on him given his injury history.
Without a doubt, the Giants signing deGrom would send a signal to the fanbase that they are serious about competing in 2023.