DeSclafani re-signed with the Giants for three years and $36 million Monday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. DeSclafani hasn't been remotely consistent from year to year, but he's had several strong seasons, including a career-best 3.17 ERA in 31 starts for the Giants in 2021. His 22.5 percent strikeout rate was slightly below average, but contact isn't punished as frequently in Oracle Park as it is elsewhere, and he avoided long rallies thanks to his 6.2 percent walk rate. The Giants evidently believe DeSclafani reached a new level last season and won't fall back to being the guy who posted a 7.22 ERA in 2020 or a 4.93 ERA in 2018. The ceiling may not be particularly high here, and his age (he'll turn 32 in April) as well as the likelihood of regression in his .265 BABIP both add risk, but the veteran righty still looks like a good bet to be a capable mid-rotation arm in 2022.
DeSclafani didn't receive a qualifying offer from the Giants, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. DeSclafani performed well during his first season with the Giants with a 3.17 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 167.2 innings across 31 starts. However, he'll now become a free agent with no draft-pick penalty attached after San Francisco declined to offer him a one-year, $18.4 million deal.
DeSclafani (0-1) allowed two runs on five hits and no walks while striking out two in 1.2 innings to take the loss in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Tuesday. DeSclafani had recorded a 2.25 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 32 innings across his last six starts of the regular season, but he was pulled from Tuesday's postseason matchup after throwing just 28 pitches. It's not yet clear whether he'll be available out of the bullpen for Game 5 on Thursday following his brief appearance Tuesday, but he's a strong candidate to start in the NLCS if the Giants advance.
DeSclafani could start Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Tuesday, Kerry Crowley of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Manager Gabe Kapler noted that DeSclafani will be available out of the bullpen for Game 3, but he also added the right-hander is a "great option" to start Game 4, per Crowley. The Dodgers have also elected to hold off on naming a starter for Game 4, likely waiting to see how Game 3 unfolds.
DeSclafani (13-7) earned the win over San Diego on Friday, pitching five scoreless innings during which he allowed four hits and no walks while striking out three. The right-hander breezed through his final regular-season start, tossing 48 of 71 pitches for strikes and capping his career-best campaign by notching his 13th victory. It's the first time in his seven seasons that DeSclafani has reached double-digit wins, and he also concludes the campaign with the best ERA (3.17) and WHIP (1.09) of his career. He was even better down the stretch, posting a 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 25:6 K:BB across his final six starts.