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Wednesday BP: Shōta Imanaga to sign with Cubs

Pending physical, or something.

Side view of Shōta Imanaga finishing a pitch. Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

Happy Wednesday, San Francisco Giants fans.

Or maybe not a happy Wednesday. It depends on whether or not you want the Giants to sign pitchers.

On Tuesday night it was reported that Japanese left-handed pitcher Shōta Imanaga had agreed to a deal with the Chicago Cubs. He has until Thursday afternoon to take a physical and finalize the deal before his posting window expires. Bob Nightengale first reported the agreement, with Jon Morosi adding that it is expected to be in the range of $15 million per year.

Over the past week, we were treated to the next chapter in an offseason of fairly embarrassing baseball reporting. Depending on who you trusted, the Giants were either in a large group of finalists, a small group of finalists, the clear favorites, or out of the running altogether for Imanaga.

It’s unclear how interested the Giants ever were in Imanaga. There weren’t many rumors linking the two sides together, which makes sense seeing as how most view the WBC star as a mid-rotation starter rather than a potential ace.

Still and all, Imanaga was a fun player to dream on, and now the Giants can add another player they missed to their offseason list. It’s becoming a long list.

Without Imanaga, the Giants are quickly running out of options to make a significant upgrade to their rotation. Assuming they’re out on Trevor Bauer and Julio Urías for obvious reasons, there are really only three high-quality, healthy pitchers left: Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery, and Marcus Stroman. That’s, in order, a guy who walks everyone and will get a ton of money, a fairly uninteresting guy who is unlikely to sign on the West Coast, and someone with a fair number of (recent) antisemitic tweets still on his timeline.

Perhaps the Giants will find a trade that’s to their liking. Perhaps they can magically heal Robbie Ray and Alex Cobb before the year begins. Or perhaps they’re just not going to get as many good players as we all wanted.