The SF Giants are still very much in the market for a frontline starter. They are focused on landing someone who could essentially be a co-ace with Logan Webb. The Giants can still put together a competitive rotation by adding at least two arms with Marcus Stroman being one of the additions.
Veteran pitcher Marcus Stroman would be a perfect fit in the SF Giants rotation
Someone like Blake Snell will not fix the Giants rotation on their own, but it would be a huge step in the right rotation. The Giants will need at least one more starting pitcher to round out their rotation and this is where Stroman comes into play.
Stroman is a 32-year-old, right-hander who has pitched for the Blue Jays, Mets, and Cubs in his career. Last season for the Cubs he had a 10-9 record with a 3.95 ERA in 136.2 innings while earning an NL All-Star bid.
Stroman fits into the same mold as Webb and Alex Cobb in that he is more of a ground ball pitcher who excels at keeping the ball in the park. Those are very important qualities for any pitcher, especially one who does not tally high strikeout totals. The nine-year veteran is usually a reliable innings eater, but it is worth noting that he did miss time due to injury each of the last two seasons.
Stroman has spoken glowingly about the SF Giants organization in the past. When Stroman signed with the Cubs before the 2022 season, he said he would “love” to pitch for the Giants someday. Given the current narrative that free agents just don’t want to come to San Francisco, it helps a lot when a potential target has, at least publicly, said such positive things about the organization. Plus, Stroman wears his emotions on his sleeve and the Giants could use more of that on the field.
Most Giants fans would agree that Stroman should be paired with another top-line starter to truly make it a successful offseason. Imagine a rotation that looked something like this when everyone is healthy:
1. Logan Webb
2. Blake Snell
3. Marcus Stroman
4. Alex Cobb
5. Kyle Harrison
I think that is a respectable rotation that would be formidable in an NL West teeming with great hitters on every team. On a related note, if the Giants are going to add yet another ground-ball pitcher, they need to fortify the infield defense, but that is a conversation for a different day.
In sum, Stroman is definitely a guy who would fit with the Giants over the next few years. He would provide stability to the rotation and would be doing it for an organization he has publicly expressed admiration for. Sounds like a win-win to me!