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That 2024 Rotation Is Looking Thin

It looks like the Giants’ starting pitching plans are already in jeopardy. Yesterday Projected number 3 starter Keaton Winn, a pitcher I am very high on, was shut down due to soreness in his pitching (right) elbow. The Giants did all sorts of exams and MRIs and such and concluded that he needs to rest and there is nothing serious. Let’s hope that’s all it is. These issues sometimes crop up early in Spring Training and Winn is a young arm. He will likely rest for at least ten days, if not more.

This is from the official Giants Press Release:

“Keaton Winn is experiencing right elbow soreness after his last bullpen. He underwent an MRI, which revealed no structural damage. He’ll rest and receive treatment and will be re-evaluated this weekend.”

This event already demonstrates how shaky the Giants rotation for 2024 really is. We’re talking about Logan Webb and pray for rain shaky. Yes Robbie Ray and Alex Cobb are making progress and may join the staff before the All Star Break. Yes, Jordan Hicks is a potential new addition but there are simply so many qualifiers and “ifs” in this equation that I, for one, have no confidence the best case scenario will play out. That rarely happens in baseball, especially for pitching staffs.

The Blake Snell Staredown

Multiple sources have reported the Yankees have a standing offer of 6 years and a gazillion bucks for lefty Blake Snell. But he’s a Scott Boras client and that means Mr. Boras is probably asking about 50% more for Snell than teams want to pay. I don’t buy the narrative that Snell is only “a five inning pitcher.” Who cares? He’s the reigning NL Cy Young. He’s a gamer and for those five or six innings he is almost better than whatever pitcher he faces. That means he is an ace and the Giants desperately need him. This is the situation where the Giants may need to overpay to acquire him but so be it. It’s put up or shut up time for Farhan Zaidi. Either he and ownership demonstrate they are serious about winning or we can all assume this front office is playing us for fools.

The Kung Fu Panda Returns

Two days ago the Giants announced the invitation to Spring Training camp to one Pablo Sandoval. The three-time World Series Champ and 2012 Fall Classic MVP has not played in a while (2021 to be exact) but, but, this could be interesting. Whether or not this is a gimmick, perhaps we will never know. At any rate, it’s a good diversion from the above bad news about Winn and the Giants refusal/inability to sign Blake Snell.