Originally written on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 2/25/15
With the start of the New Year behind us, we can finally start to smell the scent of a freshly cut baseball field in the air.  Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to their team’s Spring Training facilities in a little over a month, which signifies the unofficial end to the Baseball Hot Stove league. For the San Francisco Giants, it was a relatively quiet offseason.  The Giants held true to their word and retained their own pending free agents: outfielder Hunter Pence, starting pitcher Tim Lincecum, and relief pitcher/lefty-specialist Javier Lopez.  They made smaller moves to fill big needs as well.  The Giants had a glaring need for a veteran #3/#4 starting pitcher; a guy who could come in on a two-three year deal and help bridge the gap for when the young pitching prospect are ready for the big show.  They also needed an innings-eating starting pitcher to help alleviate some pressure off of their strong bullpen.  The Giants accomplished both tasks by signing veteran start...
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