March 1, 2021



Why the SF Giants added to their starting pitching concerns early in offseason

With the Giants’ bullpen desperately needing a breather, left-hander Tyler Anderson turned in one of the most important performances of the 2020 season on August 22.

Anderson tossed nine innings of three-hit ball, holding the Arizona Diamondbacks to one run in a 5-1 victory that would go down as the best game for any Giants pitcher this year. Less than four months later, the Giants passed up the chance to keep Anderson with the organization.

The club announced Wednesday that it had non-tendered Anderson, who was projected to earn between $ 2.4 and $ 4.3 million in 2021 according to MLB Trade Rumors. The decision comes at a point in the offseason when the franchise is searching far and wide for ways to add starting pitching, so it was mildly surprising to see Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi turn down the opportunity to keep a league-average lefty with the franchise.