During his two-year stint in San Francisco, Kevin Gossman credits the Giants for helping him transform his career and instilling confidence in his ability to pitch at an all-star caliber level.
Gossman is interested in pursuing his relationship with the team beyond a memorable 2021 season, but the veteran starter took to Twitter on Sunday and indicated that the Giants’ front office did not share the same sentiment.
Gossman tweeted, “I just want to set the record straight for all of you (because) there’s a lot of BS about this.” “SF never proposed to me. Simple as that. Anyone or anything that says otherwise is #FakeNews.”
The Giants have re-signed two key members of their rotation, Anthony Descalafoni and Alex Wood, this offseason, but Gossman, 30, officially agreed to a five-year, $110 million contract with the Toronto Blue Jays on December 1. expressed.
Given Farhan Zaidi’s track record as an executive, it was hardly a surprise that the Giants were unwilling to match the Blue Jays’ offer as San Francisco’s president of baseball operations had never worked in free agency. The nine-point contract was not awarded. The element of Gossman’s free agency that raises eyebrows is the notion that the Giants never proposed considering a right-handed player.
While Zaidi has been reluctant to sign free agents to long-term contracts, the Giants could have offered Gaussman a return to San Francisco on a deal that paid him an average annual value of more than $22 million. . Toronto.
A contract in the range of three to four years that paid Gaussman upwards of $25 million a year could be enough to entice the starter to consider a return to a Giants franchise that helped him unlock his potential. helped, but according to Gossman, he didn’t have an offer to consider.
Gossman was named to their first All-Star team in 2021 as he was among the best pitchers in the majors during the first half of the season. Despite returning in July, August and September, Gaussman remained one of San Francisco’s most dependable starters and finished a career-best sixth in National League Cy Young Award voting.
In two years at San Francisco, Gaussmann recorded a 3.00 ERA in 251 2/3 innings, while dismissing 10.9 batters per nine innings. Before signing a one-year deal with the Giants in December 2019, Gossman was the league average according to ERA+ for the first seven seasons of his career, as Wright owned an ERA of 4.30 in 925 2/3 innings.
With Gossman now pitching for the Blue Jays, Rocklin, Calif. Native Logan Webb is expected to be the Giants ace as the 25-year-old blossomed into one of the league’s most consistent starts during the second half of the 2021 season.
Webb will anchor a staff that also includes Desklafany, Wood, and free-agent signee Alex Cobb, but it’s clear that when the MLB owners and the Players Association reach an agreement on a new collective bargaining deal, the Giants will begin pitching help. will need to do.