What needs should the SF Giants prioritize this offseason?
4. High-leverage relievers
The Giants intended to shore up the bullpen by signing Taylor Rogers and Luke Jackson last winter. Rogers had a 3.83 ERA in 60 appearances, whereas Jackson tallied a 2.97 ERA in 33 outings this season. Solid numbers for both, but they were both a peg or two below Tyler Rogers and Camilo Doval in my totally subjective confidence meter.
What the Giants should be looking for is someone who can challenge Tyler Rogers for innings in the eighth inning. That was not necessarily the case with Taylor Rogers or Jackson this past season even if they had solid numbers.
The good news is finding bullpen arms when you already have a closer and a set-up man is low-hanging fruit. However, identifying effective relievers might be one of the hardest parts of roster building. You know exactly what a good reliever looks like, but the volatility of the position makes it hard to pick a reliever who will come through in the season you need it.
There are plenty of options available as is the case with most offseasons. Former Giants pitcher Matt Moore is coming off of two, straight strong seasons out of the bullpen. He will be in demand, but there is a ceiling as to how much he could command. He might be an option or it just might be in the Giants' best interest to add a handful of relievers on minor-league deals but include a camp invite.