Yovani Gallardo?

It’s no secret the San Francisco Giants need starting pitching help.  Today the team designated former 2nd round pick Jarrett Parker for assignment in order to create a space on the 40-man roster for Derek Holland.

Even with Holland, the Gints have only four starters to open the season.  There is talk that the team will go with four starters as long as they can, taking advantage of open dates early in the season.

MLB Trade Rumors suggested a couple of days ago that the Giants weren’t likely to make a trade or sign anyone still on the free agent market, as the team is already up against the salary cap this season.  MLBTR also seemed to think that the team isn’t interested in “dumpster diving,” i.e., signing someone released late in Spring Training.

Why not? The Brewers just released Yovani Gallardo, for example.  I don’t see the harm in the Giants signing Gallardo or somebody like Gallardo to a minor league contract.  Give Gallardo or whoever two or three starts at AAA Sacramento — If he’s any good, bring him up when the team needs a fifth starter; if he isn’t, release him and let him find another landing spot.

At this moment it seems likely Gallardo could be signed to a deal that pays him as little as $1M for major league service time.  Also, if this season goes south fast, the Giants can try to dump some salaries at the trade deadline.

The Giants had an all-in strategy this off-season.  It seems way too early to suddenly give up when there might be inexpensive cast-offs who might possibly help the team compete until the big guns get back.

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