Giants Settle for Uninspiring Starting Pitcher Signing in Free Agency

Tyler Maher
The San Francisco Giants have settled for a middling free agent to help the rotation.
The San Francisco Giants have settled for a middling free agent to help the rotation. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The San Francisco Giants were expected to do big things this offseason, including potentially stealing Aaron Judge away from the New York Yankees. That didn't happen, of course, and the rest of the Giants' moves so far have been underwhelming.

One of those moves involved signing a solid but uninspiring free-agent pitcher to bolster the rotation.

Sean Manaea Giants

After missing out on aces such as Justin Verlander, Jacob deGrom and Kodai Senga, San Francisco settled on veteran southpaw Sean Manaea for two years and $25 million. Manaea, 30, is coming off of a disappointing 8-9 campaign with the San Diego Padres where he went 8-9 with a career-worst 4.96 ERA.

The former first-round pick has some rebound potential in 2023, but at this stage in his career he projects as a mid-rotation starter at best. He's gone 58-50 with a 4.06 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 885 innings since debuting in 2016.

Manaea is also not an adequate replacement for Carlos Rodon, who is currently a free agent after going 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA while making the All-Star team for San Francisco last year.

While the Giants could still make a push for Rodon, they may prefer to allocate that money to a star shortstop instead after falling short in the Trea Turner and Xander Bogaerts sweepstakes. Carlos Correa and Dansby Swanson are still available, so San Francisco fans are hopeful the team signs a marquee free agent before it's too late.

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