The Giants have plenty of starting pitching:
Schmidt will anchor the staff.
Tomko was an ace in the second half last season.
Noah is as suited to pitch by water as anyone (paraphrasing Mike Krukow).
Jerome Williams lost a bunch of weight this season and is ready for a turnaround.
Kirk Rueter is one of the most boring pitchers ever (on the mound, he is a great guy off the field), but he is also one of the most successful lefties over the last ten years. Even in his twilight, he could be a decent #5.
Jesse Foppert may be getting smacked around in the Venezuelan Winter League right now, but that is what is supposed to happen when you come back from Tommy John. And you take risks when you are playing games that do not hurt your team in the standings. Maybe the coaching staff has him working hard on a certain pitch. Lets not forget his prospect status before his injury. They were saying future ace. He can be a solid middle of the rotation guy.
Lets not forget the job that Brad Hennessey did in the clutch last season. Hennessey may not have electrifying stuff, but he appears to be gifted enough to be a decent major league starter.
Lastly, how bout the young guns: Merkin Valdez and Matt Cain. These two will probably need another year of seasoning, however with strong first halves, they could ease into a rotation spot midsummer.
Not every team has a steady flow of salary to dish out at each season's biggest names, or at least they choose not to go about things that way. It would be foolish for the Giants to go out of their way to obtain a stud SP.
And what does a young impact hitter have over an old short-term option. Surely his name does not look as good on paper, but the stats could easily be comparable come November.
tlef316, you are looking at the Alou signing from a fantasy owner's perspective, try adjusting your lense. Hehe, and LCBOY you cannot be a Giants fan and agree with him. In Sabes we trust, c'mon.
Mike Pelfrey > Matt Garza