Cory Gearrin made his first Opening Day roster last season at the age of 30. He posted respectable numbers (4.28 ERA and 3.21 K/BB) in 48.1 innings of work, primarily working in the middle innings of games. After returning from a midseason shoulder injury, he did see a few save opportunities after Santiago Casilla was removed from the role. However, his sinker-slider-changeup combination doesn't profile well in the ninth inning, and after the team signed Mark Melancon, it's highly unlikely that Gearrin will be anything more than a part of the bridge from starter to closer.
Gearrin agreed to a one-year, $1.05 million contract with the Giants on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports. The right-hander battled shoulder issues in July and August but returned to San Francisco and finished strong, posting a 1.35 ERA and 13:1 K:BB in September. He racked up 16 holds and three saves in 56 total appearances. Health permitting, the sinkerballer should once again play a prominent role near the back end of the bullpen for the Giants in 2017.
Gearrin picked up the save in Friday's extra-inning win over Arizona. He threw a scoreless inning and struck out two. Gearrin converted one of the most unique save opportunities you will ever see Friday. He started the bottom of the 12th on the mound, but was moved to left field while Javier Lopez came in to face a lefty. Gearrin returned to the mound with two runners on and one out and got the job done, capping off a wild win for the Giants. There are two important things to take away from his outing. First, Gearrin earned the first save since Santiago Casilla had been removed as the team's closer. Second, the fact that manager Bruce Bochy went to such great lengths to keep Gearrin in the game shows the confidence he has in the 30-year-old. The Giants announced they would use a closer by committee, so it isn't guaranteed that Gearrin will continue to see save opportunities, but he obviously has the early lead in claiming the role after Friday's win.
Gearrin surrendered two runs on three hits while retiring just one batter in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers. Gearrin has struggled since returning from the disabled list Aug. 18, surrendering five runs in just 1.2 innings. After posting a 2.16 ERA and 13 holds through his first 36 appearances, Gearrin fell off the map in middle of the summer months before being placed on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. Even if he rights the ship, he likely still won't have value in leagues that count holds due to the strong play of Derek Law, Hunter Strickland and Sergio Romo who have all solidified their roles as late-inning options for the Giants.
Gearrin (shoulder) was activated off the 15-day disabled list Thursday. Gearrin takes the place of right-hander Matt Cain, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained lower back. The 30-year-old reliever has made three rehab appearances over the past week, notching three scoreless frames and registering zero free passes. He'll add a righty arm for the Giants out of the bullpen.
Gearrin (shoulder) will make one more rehab appearance at Triple-A Sacramento before returning to the Giants, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports. Gearrin is healthy enough to return, but the Giants are still trying to figure out how he will fit onto the Giants' 25-man roster. Expect a decision to come shortly, but this appearance will buy San Francisco's management another day or two to think things over.