Ross Stripling, Giants officially agree to a two-year, $25 million contract

Stripling, Giants agree to $25 million two-year contract originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

With one vacancy in their rotation, the Giants turn to two veterans who signed the exact same deal.

Two days after agreeing to lefty Sean Manaea, the Giants and right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling agreed to a two-year, $25 million deal. The newest addition gives them six starting options and adds another familiar face to the clubhouse.

Stripling began his career with current Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi with the Dodgers, but spent the last three seasons in Toronto, where he was a starter and reliever. The 2022 season was his best in years as he posted a 3.01 ERA and 3.11 FIP while making 24 starts and eight relief appearances. Overall, Stripling has a 3.78 ERA in seven big league-seasons, with 104 starts and 100 relief appearances.

The Giants will probably need him to do both. As is their preference, in the rotation they go for depth over big names. In Manaea and Stripling, they spent $50 million on two rotation options at a time when Carlos Rodón is in the market looking for a close to $200 million deal.

Stripling and Manaea join a rotation that already consisted of Logan Webb, Alex Cobb, Anthony DeSclafani and Alex Wood. While the Giants could eventually make a trade to fill a gap elsewhere, their preference is always to build rotational depth, and they’ll need it next season.

DeSclafani is coming in after season-ending surgery, and Zaidi said last week that the Giants are not yet sure if he will have a full workload in 2023. Alex Wood had a lesser year and also has experience in the bullpen, and Alex Cobb, currently the No. 2 starter, has a long history of injuries.

Stripling adds another good option. The Giants also have Jakob Junis and top contender Kyle Harrison will be ready sometime in 2023.

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Stripling is the fourth veteran to sign with the Giants in the past month, joining Joc Pederson, Mitch Haniger and Manaea. The other three were from the Bay Area or have experience playing in the Bay Area, but Stripling also has a tie with the Giants.

His big league debut came at Oracle Park on April 8, 2016. He was brilliant, throwing 7 1/3 innings without a fight before Dave Roberts lifted him for pitch count. The move was controversial at the time, and became even more so after Giants catcher Trevor Brown hit a tying home run minutes later.

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