The San Francisco Giants plans to rebuild the rotation took a little bit of a hit on Monday morning when the Atlanta Braves announced that they had signed left-handed starter Drew Smyly to a one-year contract worth $11 million.
Smyly signed with the Giants for 2020, and unfortunately missed most of the season with an injury. But when he was healthy, he was utterly phenomenal. He had a 3.42 ERA and a glistening 2.01 FIP, and mowed batters down while with the Giants. The veteran lefty had 42 strikeouts to just 9 walks in only 26.1 innings.
After the season, Smyly was open about his desire to return to the Giants. Perhaps that was just lip service, or perhaps the Giants just weren’t interested in hitting that price point for a player with an extensive injury history, especially after Kevin Gausman accepted the qualifying offer.
Still, with just Gausman, Johnny Cueto, and Logan Webb penciled in for next year’s rotation, the Giants certainly need some help on the pitching front, and just lost a prime candidate.