Anthony DeSclafani Signing: San Francisco Giants
The Giants have taken some flyer options on pitching so far this offseason, following their pitching holding them back in 2020. Last week, they signed reliever Matt Wisler to a one-year contract, after he posted a 1.07 ERA in 2020.
With the Anthony DeSclafani signing, they have added another arm to complement Johnny Cueto and Kevin Gausman in their rotation. The Giants have shown an ability to find hidden pitching talent, especially with Drew Smyly and Gausman last season, who both landed themselves substantial contracts following strong 2020 seasons. The Giants even offered Gausman the $18.9M qualifying offer for next season, which he accepted.
The Giants’ offense was great in 2020, ranking 7th in the league in wRC+, but their starting pitching ranked 20th with a 4.99 ERA. The Anthony DeSclafani signing gives San Francisco a chance at landing a steal, should he bounce back and have another two to three WAR season as he has in the past, with very little risk. The Giants may look to add even more starting pitching ahead of the 2021 season.
How the Anthony DeSclafani Signing Helps San Francisco
Anthony DeSclafani signing with San Francisco gives DeSclafani a chance to work in one of the league’s best systems for developing major league pitching. He had a bad season in 2020, putting up a 7.22 ERA, 6.10 FIP, and 6.68 K/9, all career worsts. It was a shortened season, and DeSclafani missed some time, only making seven starts and two relief appearances, totaling 33.2 IP.
In DeSclafani’s first two years in Cincinnati (2015-16), he threw 308 innings and had a 3.74 ERA, 3.79 FIP, and an exact league average xFIP, at 3.98. He missed all of 2017 due to injury, but came back and was solid once again in 2018 and 2019. All signs towards a bounce-back season in 2021.
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