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The San Francisco Giants are certainly not done signing starting pitchers.
They secured Tim Lincecum for two more years earlier in the offseason, and they already have Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner penciled in at the top of the rotation. However, they have two vacancies in the fourth and fifth spots, and those will be occupied in free agency.
Luckily for the Giants, there are ample pitchers who can fulfill their needs.
San Francisco needs an experienced veteran willing to take a short-term deal, one who can fill in until Kyle Crick, Edwin Escobar or another prospect becomes major league ready.
Star Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka doesn't fit in that regard, but the Giants still want him. Unfortunately, they would have to pay his salary plus a posting fee, which will cost too much.
On the other hand, Tim Hudson and Dan Haren could be fits. Haren gave up a good amount of home runs at Nationals Park, but he wouldn't give up as many at pitcher-friendly AT&T Park. He had a strong second half with the Washington Nationals, posting nine quality starts in his last 12 outings.
If the Giants want to make another big splash, signing Haren on the cheap might be a smart idea. The same goes with Hudson, who suffered a gruesome ankle injury in July. He is older and might not be completely healthy, but if the Giants can't sign Haren, Hudson would be a welcomed addition.
After all, he did have a 3.97 ERA in 2013.
On the other hand, if they want to go all out and spend, they could sign Bronson Arroyo. His solid numbers will lead to him luring in a lot of money, and that could be bad for the Giants.
However, if the Giants were to sign a cheaper alternative in left field, they could set some cash aside for Arroyo. He had a 3.79 ERA, and he did that while giving up 32 home runs. At AT&T Park, he can decrease that number, and with his amazing stuff, he could anchor the back of the rotation.
No matter what, the Giants need to sign a pitcher. We don't know if they will go after Arroyo, Matt Garza or another big-name pitcher, but it's obvious the Giants will sign a pitcher.