For the second time in as many days, the San Francisco Giants acquired a free-agent starting pitcher not named Carlos Rodon. On the heels of their Sean Manaea signing, San Francisco inked Ross Stripling to an identical deal on Tuesday.
It understandably calls into questions, does this mean the Giants are removing themselves from a Rodon signing?
Team insider Susan Slusser clarified, once again, after the news.
According to Slusser, the Giants are still in on Rodon. Based on her analysis, the Giants view Stripling as more of a depth piece. He falls into the same bucket as Manaea.
Rodon is a front-of-rotation pitcher. His 31 starts, 178.0 innings pitched, 2.88 ERA and league-leading 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings far outweigh any of the accomplishments of Stripling or Manaea. Stripling did have an impressive year, pitching to a 3.01 ERA across 24 starts, but he's a middle rotation player at best.
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