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MLB Rumors: Giants Favorites for Shōta Imanaga Amid Purple Sox, Cubs, Angels Buzz

Jack Murray January 8, 2024 Megan Briggs/Getty Images It looks like the Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t the only NL West team primed to add a key pitcher this offseason. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that the San Francisco Giants are the current favorite to land Shōta Imanaga, ahead of teams like the Boston Red Sox

MLB Rumors: Giants Favorites for Shōta Imanaga Amid Purple Sox, Cubs, Angels Buzz

Jack MurrayJanuary 8, 2024

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: Shota Imanaga #21 of Team Japan pitches in the first inning against Team USA during the World Baseball Classic Championship at loanDepot park on March 21, 2023 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Megan Briggs/Getty Images)

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It appears to be like just like the Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t the one NL West group primed so as to add a key pitcher this offseason.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported that the San Francisco Giants are the present favourite to land Shōta Imanaga, forward of groups just like the Boston Purple Sox, Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels.

“It is all pointing to the Giants,” a supply informed Feinsand. “They missed out on [Shohei] Ohtani and [Yoshinobu] Yamamoto, and though Imanaga is not on the identical stage as these guys, they do not need to miss out once more.”

Imanaga has till Thursday to make his choice as his posting deadline is 5 P.M. ET. on that day.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto was essentially the most notable pitcher obtainable this offseason, and he went to the aforementioned Dodgers. Imanaga isn’t fairly as heralded however actually has potential.

The 30-year-old has a 74-55 total document with a 2.96 ERA in his profession abroad and is coming off of a 7-5 season the place he sported a 2.66 ERA and recorded 188 strikeouts. He does not have Yamamoto’s youth however nonetheless might venture as a higher-end starter and would bolster the Giants’ rotation.

San Francisco wants a splash after lacking on Yamamoto and Ohtani this 12 months and slugger Aaron Decide final offseason. The Giants went 79-83 and missed the postseason in 2023. Not solely that, however they should compete with the Dodgers, who’ve dedicated greater than $1 billion towards free brokers this offseason, within the Nationwide League West.

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