The San Francisco Giants and free agent pitcher Drew Smyly have agreed to a 1 year deal that will keep the 30 year old in the National League for a second year. The University of Arkansas alum spent last season with the Rangers before being released and then signed by the Brewers before being released again and finishing with the Phillies. Between those 3 clubs, Smyly went 4-7 in 25 games (21 starts) with a 6.24 ERA and struck out 120 batters in 114 innings pitched.
Smyly was first drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 2nd round of the 2010 June Amateur Draft. The left hander spent the first 3 years of his career with the Tigers going 16-12 with a 3.53 ERA in 107 games (36 starts) while striking out 264 batters in 280.2 innings of work. While he was with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 he missed significant time due to shoulder tendinitis, and then tore his left labrum a month later. He went to the Rays as apart of a 3 team deal that sent David Price to the Tigers. He was then traded to the Mariners by the Rays and began the season on the injured list with a left arm flexor strain that caused him to miss the whole season and hit free agency. He signed with the Cubs that Winter and again was sidelined with an arm injury, this time with season ending Tommy John surgery. Smyly was sent to Texas before being being designated for assignment later in the year after having mid-arm tightness in his left arm, the same arm that he had been injuring over and over.
He will provide depth for the Giants, if he stays healthy as their rotation takes shape just a month away from Spring Training with many more free agents out their looking for jobs.
The Giants designated Trevor Oaks for assignment to make a roster spot for Smyly, he was acquired off the Royals waiver wire in November.