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Diamondbacks reportedly interested in RHP Lucas Giolito

Sep 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Lucas Giolito (27) pitches during the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
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Lucas Giolito has emerged as a new starting pitcher that the Arizona Diamondbacks are interested in acquiring this offseason.

MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported, “Free agent RHP Lucas Giolito, 29, is drawing interest from the Dodgers, Mets, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, and Royals.”

Giolito was drafted out of high school in the first round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Washington Nationals.

Last season, in particular, was an interesting one for Giolito, as he played with three different teams.

After starting the year with the White Sox, he was traded to the Angels, where he played less than 10 games before being sent to the Guardians to finish up the season.

2023 did not treat the 29-year-old particularly well, as he posted an 8-15 record, allowed a league-leading 41 home runs, and ended the year with a 4.88 ERA.

However, Giolito has shown signs of promise. For example, during a stretch from 2019 to 2021, he received Cy Young Votes and led the league in complete game shutouts.

Currently, the Diamondbacks starting rotation consists of only four names: Zac Gallen, Merrill Kelly, Brandon Pfaadt, and Tommy Henry.

And given their price range, Lucas Giolito would not be a bad fit.

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