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Weekend BP: Thoughts on the Hicks signing?

The Giants made a somewhat unexpected move by signing Jordan Hicks in the hopes of converting him to a starting pitcher. What are your thoughts on that approach?

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Good morning, baseball fans!

Yesterday, it was reported that the San Francisco Giants were in agreement with Jordan Hicks on a four-year, $44 million deal.

It was a bit of an unexpected signing, with the Giants reportedly planning to have Hicks join the rotation as a starter, despite primarily having pitched in relief for the majority of his career.

As Brady pointed out in his post about it yesterday (linked above) Hicks began his career as a starter, and briefly had a return to that role in 2022 that did not go well.

But clearly the Giants are confident enough that they can convert him successfully, given the contract they’ve reportedly agreed to.

Personally, I can’t say it’s a huge surprise that the Giants have resorted to some outside the box thinking, given the market of this off-season. I don’t know that I share their level of confidence that this will be a successful endeavor, though. Nothing against Hicks himself, but I would say the recent track record of success with pitchers like Kevin Gausman and Carlos Rodón were under the previous coaching staff. And the new staff is an as-yet unknown quantity. But I’m cautiously optimistic, which is I think what you have to be under a new coaching regime. It’s only fair.

What do you guys think of this signing?