Giants To Be "Really Active" In Pursuit Of Starting Pitcher

A .500 finish is not going to get it done for the San Francisco Giants. Especially coming off a 107-win season last year. Giants' general manager Farhan Zaidi knows that this will be a busy offseason for him after the Giants finished 81-81, six games out of a Wild Card spot. 

I look at this season as one that had a disappointing result, but it wasn’t the result of the effort from our players, our staff. As a front office, we clearly need to do better and put ourselves in a better position to make it. … I expect us to be really active this offseason.

And starting pitching is the main target.

“I would anticipate us being in the market for at least one starter,” Zaidi told Evan Webeck of the Mercury News. “Maybe it is just one. But at least one.”

Whether it's one or more than one undoubtedly depends on what happens with  last year's free agent prize Carlos Rodon. He'll be opting out of his contract and heading back onto the market. Zaidi still hopes that they can re-sign Rodon, who finished 14-8 with a 2.88 ERA and a major-league best 12.0 K/9 in 31 starts. The 29-year-old two-time All-Star certainly quieted all the naysayers who wondered if he can stay healthy. 

“I’m sure we’re going to be talking to (Rodón’s agent) Scott Boras about bringing him back," said Zaidi. "The feedback from Carlos and from Scott is he enjoyed being here, he enjoyed pitching in our park. I would say there’s mutual interest and we’ll just have to see how it plays out.”

It should be a busy, and expensive  offseason for Zaidi and the Giants.

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