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Friday, December 3, 2021

SF Giants make first offseason splash, bring back experienced starting pitcher

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.

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