Giants ink DeScalfani to a 1 year deal

The San Francisco Giants kept their offseason going, adding another veteran arm into next seasons potential rotation. Anthony DeScalfani is the newest free agent signed by Farnhan Zaidi, a 1 year deal worth $6 million plus incentives. DeScalfani was 1-2 in 9 games for the Cincinatti Reds, which included 7 starts, an ERA of 7.22 and struck out 25 batters last year but battled back injuries. He was with the Reds for the past 5 seasons posting a record of 35-37 in 112 games totaling 110 starts, striking out 582 batters and had a 4.19 ERA. The 30 year old right hander was first drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 2008 Amateur Draft, and then drafted by the Blue Jays 3 years later. He pitched in their minor league system in 2012, going 11-3 in 21 starts (28 games) and struck out 92 batters in 123 innings while having a 3.37 ERA.

The University of Florida alum was traded to the Marlins a few months later with Henderson Alvarez III, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Jake Marisnick, Jeff Mathis and Justin Nicolino for Emilio Bonifacio. John Buck, Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes and cash considerations. He was 2-2 in 13 games for the Marlins in 2014 including 5 starts for then manager Mike Redmond. DeScalfani fanned 26 batters in 30 innings that season with a 6.27 ERA totaling just 5 walks against 146 batters faced. The 30 year old was traded to the Reds during the Winter Meetings after that season with Chad Walach for Mat Latos.

His best season came in 2019 going 9-9 for the Reds in which he made 31 starts and struck out a career high, 167 batters. He had an ERA of 3.89 which was the 31st best out of all baseball that season and walked 49 batters out of the 696 he faced. DeScalfani joins the club on a major league contract and will reunite with a former teammate of Kevin Gausman.

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