With the SF Giants’ rotation makeover complete, the next steps are more complicated

After entering the offseason with a clear plan to rebuild their rotation with veteran starting pitchers, the San Francisco Giants’ staff makeover appears complete.

It took until the fifth day of spring workouts for the puzzle pieces to fit together, but the team finally announced the addition of 2016 All-Star Aaron Sanchez, who agreed to a one-year, $4 million deal earlier this week.

“He was 92-to-94 (miles per hour) in October and was able to spin the breaking ball well which has always been kind of a signature skill for him,” Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said. “So from that point on we stayed in contact throughout the offseason.”

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To clear a roster spot for Sanchez, 28, the club made a surprise decision to designate reliever Trevor Gott for assignment. Gott spent the early portion of the 2020 season as the Giants’ closer and was tendered a 2021 contract in December, when the team agreed to pay him a $700,000 salary for the upcoming season.

“We have a pretty deep pitching group right now with some of the (non-roster invitees) we’ve brought in and guys on the roster so certainly would have preferred a situation where we didn’t have to make a move off of the roster, but that was just a position of depth,” Zaidi said.

It’s possible Gott could return to the Giants if he goes unclaimed on waivers, but it was going to be difficult for the right-hander to find a home in the team’s bullpen this season because he’s out of minor league options.

The Giants have several right-handed pitchers with major league experience in spring camp who will vie to replace Gott, but few of the team’s offseason additions come with the same level of upside Sanchez offers.

It’s been 11 years since Sanchez was a first round draft pick out of Barstow High and more than four years since he finished seventh in American League Cy Young voting, but Giants manager Gabe Kapler still remembers Sanchez’s dominance.

“It would be hard to argue he wasn’t a top 20 starter in all of baseball, maybe better than that,” Kapler said. “Certainly thought of as a …read more

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