The Giants have made it clear that one of their top offseason priorities is to add one or two starting pitchers.
And the free agent market offers plenty of big-ticket options.
The biggest of them all appears to be left-handed pitcher David Price, and the Giants are reportedly doing "background preparation" on the 2015 AL Cy Young finalist according to ESPN.
The 30-year-old opened 2015 with the Tigers and was traded to the Blue Jays prior to the trade deadline. In 32 starts with the two teams, he posted a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts in 220.1 innings pitched.
His 2015 postseason with Toronto didn't go as well as the regular season. In 23.1 innings pitched between the ALDS and ALCS, Price gave up 16 earned runs in four appearances.
In an interview on SportsTalk Live on Thursday, Giants CEO Larry Baer addressed the team's pursuit of starting pitchers 30 years old or older.
“Could we? Yes,” team president and CEO Larry Baer said.
“I think the thing we always look at is there’s not a great history with that,” Baer continued. “The sample size is not huge but it’s big enough. Name me a successful signing of a pitcher 30 years old or older, five-years-plus — there aren’t a lot of them.”
“We really kind of come down to it being case-by-case,” Baer said. “You could argue that maybe the way (the Cubs) looked at it was that Jon Lester, his average annual value was $26-$27 million, somewhere in there (and) maybe to them he was worth $35 million in the early years and the back-end years aren’t as important. That’s one way to look at it.”
“Remember, when you’re paying somebody $30 million a year, pick your number — $32 million, $28 million — that’s not for one year, that’s for six years,” Baer said. “We’ve got to look at it as 2016 and whatever the commitment is beyond that. We’ve got to be smart about it because we don’t want to wake up in 2018 and say now our hands are tied because we did the $30 million deal to make us feel good in 2016.”