right hand Ross Stripling On Tuesday, San Francisco agreed to a two-year, $25 million contract that includes opt-outs after the first season, enriching the Giants’ rotation with another free agent acquisition.
Following the left signature Sean Manea For the same deal, the Giants locked up Stripling, 33, who is coming off Toronto’s best season. Working mostly as a starter, Stripling (10-4) put up a 3.01 ERA over 134⅓ innings, striking out 111 and walking just 20.
Strobel, who receives a $5 million signing bonus, will earn $7.5 million in 2023 and $12.5 million in 2024.
“I expect to start,” Stribling said in a video call Wednesday. “I had a good year as a starter. I feel like the few times I got rookie rookie in the big leagues, where I kind of knew my position in the rotation where the starter was safe, is when I’ve done the best.” I made the All-Star Game in 2018 with the Dodgers and then this year with Toronto, and I knew they basically didn’t have anyone and they gave me some grandstand and I was able to do really well.”
San Francisco is building a rotation with great depth a year after signing Alex CobbAnd the Anthony Disclavany And the Alex Wood For multi-year free agent deals. At the head of their rotation is a 26-year-old ace Logan Webband they return too Jacob Jones And the Sean Hillwho was a regular starter in the minor leagues but worked long relief in the major leagues.
The Giants’ quest for the best player in the free agent market, Aaron Judgecame up short, but remained a potential touchdown spot for the best remaining player – shortstop Carlos Correa – With their transition from the core of their championships in early 2010 to a new era led by President Farhan Al-Zaidi.
Stripling fits the archetype of giants. His fastball, while not overwhelming, is effective, and his command of changeup and passing—his two best secondary pitches—help him play. In addition to being elite, he consistently got hitters to chase his out-of-zone pitches last season.
“Kind of a first-rate kitchen sink where I keep batters off balance by throwing anything in any number,” said Stripling.
He may be on a downward spiral with home runs after his average last year was halved despite playing in the home-friendly Rogers Center, but Oracle Park is among the pitcher-friendly stadiums, and its projection metrics align closely with its ERA.
Stribling, best known for grabbing a no-hitter as a rookie to protect his arm, arrived in free agency after spending his first four seasons with the Dodgers and last 2½ in Toronto. Since debuting in 2016, he’s a 38-38 pitcher with a 3.78 ERA in 672 innings pitched and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 3.91 to 1, which ranks 29th among 137 pitchers with at least 500 innings pitched in that time span.
“Man, it never gets old,” said Stripling when asked about Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulling him after seven no-win innings against San Francisco in his major league debut on April 8, 201. It’s crazy, how special that was. I think about it all the time.
“You keep getting asked about it all the time, ‘Do you think you could have finished it? or “Are you still made into Dave Roberts?” All that kind of thing, and I’m not.”
Right-hander Miguel Yagur cleared waivers and was assigned outright to Triple-A Sacramento, making room on the 40-man roster for Stripling.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.