Right-hander Jordan Hicks and the San Francisco Giants are in agreement on a four-year, $44 million contract. Hicks, 27, is expected to work as a starter after spending the majority of his career in the bullpen, per Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Hicks has spent the majority of his career spending his innings in relief, however, with his strong performance, the Giants believe he could be a swingman type pitcher. In his five seasons spent with St. Louis and Toronto, Hicks has compiled a 3.85 ERA across 243.1 innings.
Hicks ended his 2023 with a 3.29 ERA, but finished his second half with a strong 2.63 ERA. His second half of 2023 was enough for the Giants to continue their spending spree by forking out $44 million for the 27 year-old.
This is a great move for the Giants as Hicks provides depth and flexibility throughout the season. The Giants pitching staff still needs improvement, Hicks helps, but does not put them into position for a great staff. The Giants are expected to pursue other free agents as well as start exploring the trade market a bit more.