5 Starting Pitchers the San Francisco Giants Should Pursue This Winter

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5 Starting Pitchers the San Francisco Giants Should Pursue This Winter
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Retaining Tim Lincecum and finding another starter is essential for the Giants.

The San Francisco Giants won two championships over three seasons from 2010-12 because of their excellent starting pitching. Over that three-year stretch, San Francisco had the second-best rotation ERA in the game at 3.52.

In 2013, the Giants finished 24th in rotation ERA. Not coincidentally, they finished with a record of 76-86, which put them 16 games back of the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League West.

If the Giants are going to contend in 2014, they'll have to get their starting rotation back on track. That means they'll have to be aggressive in chasing the top arms on the free-agent market this winter.

The Giants need to re-sign Tim Lincecum and then pursue top free-agent starters Masahiro Tanaka, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda.

 

All statistics in this article are courtesy of ESPN and FanGraphs. Contractual data is from Cot's Baseball Contracts.

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