As executives settled in for the first full day of the winter meetings Monday, one thing became clear: It’s a good winter to be a free-agent starting pitcher, and not just because Patrick Corbin set the market at a high number with Washington (six years, $140 million).
A lot of teams are looking for starters. Two who need them the most are the Giants and A’s, who are likely to compete for the some of the same arms. Pitchers should be in demand, particularly those who are willing to take shorter-term deals.
The Giants might have a leg up in one case.
Left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, who was posted by the Seibu Lions last week, likes San Francisco as a potential landing spot, and all things being equal the Giants might be his first choice, according to someone briefed on Kikuchi’s priorities.
All things are never equal, however. Money, years, the team’s overall plans and even the potential timing of a signing impact the potential marriage.