If there's one thing we should have learned about Farhan Zaidi's tenure as the Los Angeles Dodgers' general manager, it's that the Giants' president of baseball operations believes you can never have too much pitching depth.
The Giants signed left-hander Alex Wood to a one-year contract last Thursday, adding another arm to the mix. But they might not be done. KNBR's Mark Sanchez reported Tuesday night that the Giants attended a showcase in Miami on Tuesday to watch veteran right-handers Julio Teheran and Anibal Sanchez throw in front of scouts.
There reportedly were 24 total teams at the showcase.
Teheran, 29, struggled last season with the Los Angeles Angeles. He appeared in 10 games -- nine starts -- and went 0-4 with a 10.05 ERA. Not great.
However, from 2013 through 2019, Teheran was a two-time All-Star with the Atlanta Braves. He went 76-72 over that span and had a 3.64 ERA, 111 ERA+ and 1.21 WHIP. Teheran is 77-77 for his MLB career and has a 3.81 ERA.
At one point, Teheran was one of the top prospects in all of baseball. Baseball America ranked him their No. 5 overall prospect in 2011 and 2012, and MLB.com had him as the No. 4 prospect going into 2012.
To Giants fans, Sanchez likely is best known for striking out eight Giants in Game 3 of the 2012 World Series, despite his Detroit Tigers losing 2-0 thanks to a combination of Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Sergio Romo. Sanchez will turn 37 years old in February, and also struggled last season.
Sanchez started 11 games last season for the Washington Nationals and had a 6.62 ERA. He led the NL with 39 earned runs. But Sanchez did go 18-14 with a 3.39 ERA between the Braves and Nationals in 2018 and 2019.
The Giants' rotation right now consists of Kevin Gausman, Johnny Cueto, Anthony DeSclafani, Logan Webb and Wood. Tyler Beede should be back at some point around May as he returns from Tommy John surgery.
If the Giants do indeed sign another starting pitcher, they could send Webb, 24, to Triple-A Sacramento for a few starts at the beginning of the season. One thing is for certain -- the Giants need pitching depth and Zaidi knows it. Injuries are bound to happen, and a winning team has to have extra options to turn to.
Whether the Giants sign either one of these arms or not, they will continue to monitor pitchers on the open market or on the trade block. It's the smart thing to do.