The San Francisco Giants need to upgrade their rotation could lead to one of the biggest wild cards in free agency.
Yariel Rodriguez is looking to pursue his major league dream. He had left the Chunichi Dragons, defecting to the Dominican Republic as the Cuban looked to head stateside. The Dragons let Rodriguez go in the beginning of October, helping clear one hurdle in his quest to head to the majors. Several teams were expected to be interested in his services but it is still a matter of signing.
Enter the San Francisco Giants. According to Francys Romero, Rodriguez had a tryout with the Giants earlier in the week. He fired three innings, showing consistency and above average spin rates with all four of his offerings. His fastball sat between 94 and 97 MPH while his slider, curve, and splitter all impressed.
Yariel Rodriguez could be what San Francisco Giants need
The Giants make sense as a possible landing spot for Rodriguez. They are in desperate need of another top of the rotation arm behind Logan Webb, and really any player with star potential. The rest of their possible rotation for 2024 – Anthony DeSclafani, Sean Manaea, and Ross stripling – may be no better than back of the rotation options if they are healthy. That latter part is also a bit of a question.
Rodriguez certainly has potential. He had been one of Cuba’s best starting pitchers, showing his ability in the World Baseball Classic. However, he had been used exclusively as a reliever during his time in Nippon Professional Baseball. That has led to questions about a potential role in the majors. He has the potential to be a dominant bullpen arm, but has more of a middle of the rotation upside as a starter.
He is going to have his suitors. Romero also noted that more than ten major league teams are already preparing offers ahead of his official showcase on the 25th. Teams are going to be willing to pay for his potential. Those teams should include the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants are showing interest in Yariel Rodriguez. He could be a perfect fit as they look to upgrade their rotation.