SAN FRANCISCO — After agreeing with Anthony Descalfani on a three-year, $36 million deal to keep the veteran starter at San Francisco, the Giants’ front office turned its attention to another pitcher who had a strong relationship with the club. Enjoyed the season.
According to a report from FanSided’s Robert Murray, left-hander Alex Wood is also close to a deal that will bring him back to a Giants team that is eager to fill his starting rotation behind ace Logan Webb. ESPN’s Jeff Passon reports that Wood is close to a two-year contract that will cost more than $10 million per season.
At the end of the 2021 season, Webb was the only member of the Giants’ rotation to remain under contract for the next season, as Descalafani, Wood, Kevin Gossman and Johnny Couto all became free agents.
President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi and general manager Scott Harris have publicly expressed interest in re-signing several of the team’s high-profile free agents and talked about the value of roster consistency, and what appears to be the case at the front office. The pair is well on its way to keep word of it.
Less than a week after first baseman Brandon Belt accepted a one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer to stay with the Giants, Descalfani signed the biggest free agent contract ever, Zaidi took his three-plus in San Francisco. The team may soon announce a deal with Wood, while handed over during the year’s tenure.
Wood made 26 starts for the Giants in 2021 and posted a 3.83 ERA, finishing the season with a 3.90 strike-to-walk ratio, which represents his best mark since being an All-Star with the Dodgers in 2017.
Even with DeSclafani back in the fold and Wood potentially set to re-sign with the Giants, the front office is expected to continue its quest to start pitching depth as the club at least six to seven. Wants to pitch candidates going to spring training out of their rotation.
Prospect Sean Hazel, who was added to the 40-man roster last week, will be in the mix to start the game for the Giants in 2021, but the 2018 second-round draft pick will likely start at Triple-A next season.
In addition to the free agent market, veterans are expected to chase additional starting pitchers through trades.