The Giants are on a mission to add talent this offseason. Agent Scott Boras is confident he represents more than a few intriguing free agent options.
On Wednesday, Boras told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he considered five of his clients to be good choices for San Francisco.
The list? Starting pitchers Sean Manaea, Jordan Montgomery and Blake Snell, along with outfielder Cody Bellinger and third baseman Matt Chapman.
“The whole group,” Boras told Shea.
The Giants have three defined spots in their 2024 starting rotation: ace Logan Webb — a finalist for the NL Cy Young Award — as well as veteran Alex Cobb and budding 22-year-old prospect Kyle Harrison.
Cobb, who posted a career 3.87 ERA in 28 starts last year, will be out until at least April due to hip surgery this offseason. Youngsters Tristan Beck and Keaton Winn, as well as veteran Anthony DeSclafani, should be in the mix.
Long story short, there’s plenty of room for President of Baseball Operations Farhan Zaidi to make a splash in the rotation.
Snell joins Webb as one of three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award after posting a league-best 2.25 ERA and 5.8 hits allowed per nine innings in 32 starts for the San Padres Diego. The Giants witnessed his dominance, as they failed to score a single run against Snell in 18 innings (three starts).
Montgomery posted a 3.20 ERA in 32 starts for the St. Louis Cardinals and Texas Rangers this season. He started six games for the Rangers in the postseason en route to a World Series title.
Manaea declined his player option for 2024 on the contract he signed with the Giants last offseason. The 31-year-old lost his spot in San Francisco’s rotation after struggling early last year, but he found his rhythm in the bullpen and was back in the rotation to close out the year .
The Giants’ roster, which ranked 24th in points scored last season, could also use a boost.
Bellinger, the 2019 NL MVP, rediscovered his swing during a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs, posting a .307/.356/.525 batting average with 26 home runs last season. This will allow him to receive a big salary this offseason.
Longtime Oakland Athletics star Chapman hits the open market at 30 years old. The Victorville, California native hit .234/.327/.429 with 44 homers in two seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays while continuing to be one of the best third basemen in the league. Chapman won his fourth career Gold Glove at the hot corner this year.
Boras does not hesitate to advertise to his clients. He also has no qualms about raising prices in free agency. But if the Giants are willing to take out the checkbook, they will have plenty of options this winter to expand new manager Bob Melvin’s roster.
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