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The Giants had their fourth consecutive losing season going 29-31 in 2020. San Francisco fell only one win short of a playoff spot. The team will have in the neighborhood of $80 million in payroll space below the Collective Bargaining Tax (CBT). While the organization will have plenty of money available, I would not expect them to go on a shopping spree anytime soon.

Starting Pitching

The Giants started adding stability to the bullpen already when Kevin Gausman accepted the Giants’ one-year, $18.9 million qualifying offer. Jeff Samardzija, Drew Smyly, Trevor Cahill, and Tyler Anderson have all departed thinning the organization in the rotation.

Giants Bullpen

Tony Watson, the leftie, served as the leader of an inexperienced relief corps, but he is now a free agent. The Giants would like to acquire another steady veteran who can help lock down late innings and serve as a mentor to emerging relievers. The free-agent market is expected to be flooded with quality relief arms this offseason, though the team will likely focus on right-handed options, as they already have several lefties.

Giants Left Handed Bat

President of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi said he felt like the organization were one left-handed bat short this year. The team matched up well against left-handed pitching in 2020, but they had a harder time against righties, so they’ll be looking to add more punch by bringing in another big bat from the left side. As a team, the Giants posted an .838 OPS against southpaws compared to a .764 OPS against righties.

Giants Catcher

The Giants will enter 2021 with Buster Posey and prospect Joey Bart in the battery. Bart’s struggles this year made it clear that he could benefit from more development at Triple-A Sacramento, so San Francisco is expected to explore adding a veteran to help back up Posey next year.

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