The Giants finally made another move.
First, it was Derek Holland returning on a one-year contract. This time, however, the move is in the baseball operations department, with the recent addition of Matt Daniels.
On Tuesday, Daniels announced on Twitter that he accepted a position in the Giants front office as their coordinator of pitching analysis.
Daniels comes from the Driveline Baseball program in Kent, Wash. that prides itself on being a world-class pitching and hitting training facility driven by data.
"First of all, he has a very strong work ethic," Mike Rathwell, CEO of Driveline Baseball, told NBC Sports Bay Area. "So, I think that's one thing that's going to bode him well, and secondly as our company has grown and the volume of high-profile athletes that we have come into contact with has expanded, Matt has been there all the way, along the way."
And then, there's this:
I worked with Matt up there. Good dude, very eager to help and def a good communicator.— George Kontos (@G_Kontos) January 15, 2019
Rathwell said Daniels was originally working with high school and college players, but he was with Driveline when they were working with former Yankees and Reds pitcher Caleb Cotham, former minor leaguer Casey Weathers, and Indians All-Star pitcher Trevor Bauer.
"That transitioned into working with fringe, Major League Baseball players, who were either rehabbing with us or trying to regain velocity," he added. Check out the video below for the Driveline experience.
Most recently, in the last few years, Daniels has been a part of pitch design work as well as working closely with free agent pitcher Adam Ottavino.
Ottavino is one of many athletes on an impressive Driveline client list.
Former Giants Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum trained there along with Bauer, who sings praises of the program in which he spends most of his time improving his craft, and where he works on his velocity development and pitch design in the offseason. Bauer even said he "wouldn't be anywhere close to where I am" without this approach.
Daniels has known Bauer for a long time, and if he can help Giants pitchers achieve anywhere near the success Bauer has, he'll surely be a welcome addition to the organization.
As the Giants front office is trying to take a different, rebuilding approach to its organization, it's clear hiring Daniels is likely only a sign of what more is to come.