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Monday BP: Giants sign José Álvarez

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The pitching depth is getting a bit deeper.

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Hello and happy Monday.

Over the weekend, the San Francisco Giants bullpen grew a little bit stronger. On Saturday, the team announced a Major League deal for left-handed reliever José Álvarez.

Álvarez missed most of the 2020 season for the least fun of reasons, as he took a triple digit line drive off the reproductive organs. But in 2019 he was strong, with a 3.36 ERA, a 4.21 FIP, and 51 strikeouts to 18 walks in 59 innings. He was even better in 2018, with a 2.71 ERA, a 3.05 FIP, and 59 strikeouts to 22 walks in 63 innings.

The Giants bullpen now has an abundance of lefties, but most of them are productive against right-handed pitchers. And a year after finishing 22nd in reliever FIP, the bullpen is looking dramatically improved, thanks to the additions of Álvarez, Jake McGee, and Matt Wisler, and the health of Reyes Moronta.


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Have a really nice Monday, please.