The SF Giants made a number of additions this offseason, in what turned out to be a fairly typical Farhan Zaidi offseason for the Giants. This article will examine three moves the Giants should have made to bolster the roster.
SF Giants: Three players they should have signed this offseason
This was supposed to be a big offseason for the SF Giants. Many fans hoped that they would land a big fish in the form of Aaron Judge. We know that did not happen. And then we know what happened with the whole Carlos Correa saga. Ignoring those two infamous episodes, what are the other moves the Giants realistically could have made this offseason?
They addressed a number of important areas like their starting and relief pitching, as well as their outfield depth. But there are still some holes when it comes to catching, the infield, and top of the line ace starters. Here are some moves the Giants could have made to fill those holes.
1. Carlos Rodon
Carlos Rodon was the second ace the SF Giants lost in consecutive off-seasons. They lost Kevin Gausman in free agency last year, and in a very similar scenario, it seems the Giants did not make a very dedicated effort to bring back Rodon.
From early in the offseason it seemed like the team was more than willing to let Rodon walk and not get into a bidding war for their ace from last season. Perhaps they felt that Rodon would be worth the hefty price he was sure to command, especially with his injury history and the fact that he wanted a deal that would take him into his mid-30s.
They probably felt comfortable taking the approach they took, adding fairly reliable starters like Ross Stripling and Sean Manaea, opting for quantity over quality.
But after what Rodon did last year, they Giants should have made an effort to bring Rodon back. The one-two punch of Rodon and Logan Webb at the top of the rotation would have been formidable for years to come.
And it would have provided stability to a rotation that may see a lot of turnover these next few years as a lot of their starters are signed to short-term contracts.
Ultimately, they opted for a different strategy but imagine if the Giants went all in on starting pitching these last two off-seasons and had a rotation with Webb, Rodon, and Gausman at the top. That would have been arguably the most formidable rotation in the entire league.
We will see if the Giants more frugal strategy pans out. Let's turn our attention to another troubling part of the roster: catching.