A veteran team in dire need of starting pitching has signed its first major league free agent for the off-season.
Right-hander Anthony Descalfani is returning to the club on a three-year, $36 million deal, which represents the largest contract president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi has given during his more than three-year tenure in San Francisco. .
To clear the 40-man roster spot for DeSclafani, the Giants named outfielder Alex Dickerson for the assignment. Dickerson was arbitration-eligible and was unlikely to be awarded a contract for the 2022 season.
DeSclafani enjoyed the best season of his seven-year major league career in 2021 as the former Marlins & Reds starter posted a 3.17 ERA in 167 2/3 innings in 31 starts. The New Jersey native recorded a pair of shutouts on June 11, including one in a 1–0 win over the Washington Nationals, which involved a home smash from former Giants outfielder Mike Tochman to NL MVP finalist Juan Soto.
Desklafany was one of four high-profile Giants starters to hit free agency this off-season as Kevin Gossman, Alex Wood and Johnny Couto remained unsigned, although ESPN reported Monday that Wood was to stay for two years. The agreement is in the process of finalizing it. Giants.
Following first baseman Brandon Belt’s decision to accept a one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer to return to San Francisco, the Giants’ front office immediately turned its attention to the starting pitching market as ace Logan Webb took the 2021 rotation. represented the only holdover from Ranked as one of the best among majors in several key categories, including earned run average.
With DeSclafani under contract for the next three years and Wood potentially set to re-sign with the Giants, the club will still need to add more starting pitching depth and will continue to work under manager Gabe Kapler and pitching coach Andrew Bailey. Given the success he has achieved, it is possible that Gaussman will top the list of goals remaining.