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The Giants entered the offseason looking to fill multiple holes in their rotation. On Monday, they plugged two of them with familiar faces.
The club has announced the re-signing of pitcher Anthony DeSclafani to a three-year, $36 million contract. They’re also reportedly close to re-upping with fellow hurler Alex Wood on a two-year deal worth more than $20 million.
DeSclafani ($6 million) and Wood ($3 million) were two of a bevy of shrewd moves made by president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and the Giants’ front office last offseason, helping the franchise to a record 107 regular season wins.
“Disco” posted a 3.17 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 152/42 K/BB ratio over 167 2/3 frames covering 31 starts. That ERA was 2.37 against teams that weren’t the Dodgers. He had a 7.33 mark versus the Giants’ rivals.
Wood held a 3.83 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 152/39 K/BB ratio over 138 2/3 innings in 26 starts. That was after he made a total of just nine starts over the previous two seasons because of injuries and ineffectiveness.
The Giants still have one big hole to fill, as Kevin Gausman is also a free agent after finishing sixth in the National League Cy Young voting. Still, bringing back DeSclafani and Wood to pair with Logan Webb is a nice start.
Most of the big-name free agent starters seem likely to wait until after the CBA is resolved before signing. One guy who might not, though, is Alex Cobb, who was linked to the Giants earlier Monday prior to the news on DeSclafani and Wood.
Whether or not the Giants are still interested in Cobb after their moves Monday remains to be seen. He was sneaky-good in 2021 when healthy, though, putting up a 3.76 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 98/33 K/BB ratio over 93 1/3 innings. The 34-year-old would instantly become more intriguing in fantasy circles if he lands in San Francisco.
A New Deal for Alcantara?
It’s been reported that the Marlins are dangling their young pitching as trade bait in hopes of landing offensive help. One guy who it appears will not be going anywhere, however, is Sandy Alcantara.
Craig Mish of SportsGrid reported Monday that the team is close to signing Alcantara to a five-year contract extension that will be worth more than $55 million. The deal has not yet been made official.
Alcantara is eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason, so a five-year extension would buy out all of his arbitration years plus his first two years of free agency. He had been slated to earn around $4.5 million in 2022 via the arbitration process, per MLB Trade Rumors’ projections.
While the Marlins obviously didn’t need to lock Alcantara up at this point since they had him under team control for a while longer, there looks to be very little downside to this deal. If the 26-year-old remains even just relatively healthy, he’s easily be worth $55 million over the next five years, and likely way more than that.
Alcantara is coming off a fantastic 2021 campaign which saw him post a 3.19 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 201/50 K/BB ratio over 205 2/3 innings covering 33 starts. His 24 percent strikeout rate and 53.3 percent groundball rate were career highs, and his six percent walk rate was a career low. Alcantara finished the year with a flourish, holding a 2.21 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 80/9 K/BB ratio over 69 1/3 frames in his final 10 outings.
While Alcantara looks to be staying put, the Marlins do still seem likely to take advantage of their pitching depth to lure a bat away from another club. Pablo Lopez and/or Elieser Hernandez could be on the move, with the Blue Jays being one team reportedly showing interest.
Quick Hits: The Angels have signed Aaron Loup to a two-year, $15 million contract with a $7.5 million club option for 2024. … The Halos also acquired Tyler Wade from the Yankees for cash or a player to be named later. Wade had been designated for assignment. … Steven Matz is expected to make a decision on a team by Wednesday, per Tim Healey of Newsday. His most recent team, the Blue Jays, and his club prior to that, the Mets, are two of the many teams interested in the left-hander. … Mike Puma of the New York Post hears that Taylor Rogers is one of the relievers who has piqued the Mets’ interest. … Trey Mancini and Buster Posey have been named the 2021 Comeback Players of the Year in the American and National Leagues, respectively. … The Giants designated Alex Dickerson for assignment Monday. … The Royals released Kyle Zimmer on Monday. … The Rangers acquired Billy McKinney and Zach Reks from the Dodgers on Monday for cash considerations. … Jay Jackson was acquired by the Braves from the Giants for cash or a player to be named later. … The Cubs traded for Harold Ramirez on Monday, getting him from the Guardians for cash. … Jean Carlos Mejia was traded from the Guardians to the Brewers Monday. … The Red Sox exercised their club options on manager Alex Cora for 2023 and 2024.