The San Francisco Giants made a mistake with Kevin Gausman
The San Francisco Giants had made their intentions regarding Kevin Gausman known. They were interested in continuing their relationship, stating that they wanted to keep it. It was certainly understandable given the success of their two years together, especially since the Giants had to rebuild their rotation once again.
As interested as the Giants may have been, those words didn’t match their actions. According to Gausman, the team never made an offer before signing a five-year contract with the Blue Jays.
San Francisco Giants make a mistake by letting Kevin Gausman walk
Gausman certainly found something in San Francisco. He was seemingly on the verge of a fire, another former Orioles prospect who failed to live up to his potential. The Giants signed him to a one-year deal worth $9 million for the 2020 campaign, seemingly giving him one last chance.
That deal worked out well enough that he got the qualifying offer the following season, leading to his two-year run in San Francisco. During that time, he posted a 3.00 ERA and 1.057 WHiP over his 251.2 innings, striking out 306 batters with just 66 walks. It was one of the longest streaks of sustained success he had at the major league level.
But it also shows why the Giants may not have made an offer. They reportedly refused to accept contracts with a nine-figure salary, which may explain why they didn’t make Gausman an offer. Since he received a five-year contract worth $110 million, he may not have returned to San Francisco anyway.
Maybe a four-year, $90 million deal wouldn’t have been enough. And maybe the Giants just didn’t think it would be worth bringing him back along with all the other holes on their roster. However, it’s curious that they haven’t bothered to really gauge his interest in a return, especially given the multitude of holes in their rotation.
The San Francisco Giants never made an offer to Kevin Gausman in free agency. This could turn out to be a mistake.