We are inching closer to baseball season! According to MLB.Com, SF Giants pitchers and catchers will report on February 15 with the first full-squad workout taking place on Febraury 20.
When do SF Giants pitchers and catchers report for spring training?
This has probably been one of the more boring offseasons in recent memory. There are still plenty of good free agents available including Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, Matt Chapman, and Cody Bellinger.
To some degree, the Giants have been tied to all four free agents with the strongest connection being Chapman. The four-time Gold Glove winner is a California native and is familiar with both Bob Melvin and Farhan Zaidi from their days with the Oakland A's. Money is generally the most important factor for free agents, but pre-existing relationships play a role as well.
It is not necessarily good for baseball that this offseason has been so slow. The hope is that the remaining free agents find a good home and for a contract that is enticing. Perhaps, one of the reasons that free agency has been so slow is that the four names mentioned above are all represented by Scott Boras.
Boras tends to wait out the market with the hopes that some team is desperate to make another offseason addition. For better or worse, his strategy works and it is to the player's benefit. That last detail is good for baseball, but the slow pace at which the overall offseason transpires misses in terms of entertainment value.
For the Giants, they may still have a move or two up their sleeves before spring training begins. Though, the starting rotation does appear to be set. They will be relying on organizational depth for rotation help as they have several pitching prospects both on the 40-man roster and in the upper minors.
The front office is looking for infield options at the moment. Middle infield depth will be tough to acquire via free agency, but Chapman remains available as a corner option and he would upgrade the 2024 roster. The question with him is how that contract will look several years down the road.
The Giants' most notable moves so far this offseason include Jung Hoo Lee, Tom Murphy, Robbie Ray, and Jordan Hicks.
The good news is that the slow offseason is coming to an end. Spring is right around the corner and with that comes live baseball. In the meantime, teams will begin to announce their non-roster invitees and there is usually a surprise or two with that. This is followed by pitchers and catchers reporting, which is the unofficial start to the season.