What needs should the SF Giants prioritize this offseason?
3. Starting pitching
On the surface, the starting pitching was just fine. Giants starters posted a 4.10 ERA in 2023, which was the 10th-best mark in baseball. However, anyone who watched the Giants this season knows that those numbers are a bit skewed.
Logan Webb and Alex Cobb did a nice job anchoring the rotation, but they really did not have a consistent starter outside of those two. Oftentimes, they relied on an opener, which explains why the rotation ERA was so low because even if he threw one inning, it still counts as a starter.
The Giants should really try to fortify the rotation this winter. Sonny Gray would be an excellent fit for a lot of reasons, but he will likely have a qualifying offer attached to his name. The Giants have not signed a player who rejected a qualifying offer since Jeff Samardzija in December of 2015.
Kyle Harrison debuted this season and will likely assume a larger role next year. The same could be said for Keaton Winn and Tristan Beck. Still, they should add a little more stability to a rotation that did not have any outside if the first two pitchers each turn through the rotation.