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Kevin Gausman accepts Giants qualifying offer worth $18.9 million

The Giants extended the veteran pitcher a qualifying offer, following the 2020 season, which he accepted on November 11.

San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman (34) pitches the ball against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning at Oracle Park. Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants made sure that they did not lose veteran starting pitcher Kevin Gausman in free agency. Gausman accepted a one-year qualifying offer worth $18.9 million from the Giants.

The 29-year-old pitcher staying in the Bay Area for another season is a major boost for a Giants’ team that lost Drew Smyly, who signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves. The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly offered Gausman a three-year deal in the $40 million range, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

This past season, Gausman had a solid season and was one of the main reasons why the Giants were still in the hunt for a playoff spot. He posted a record 3-3 and ERA of 3.62 in 59.2 innings pitched. The right-handed pitcher also struck out 59 batters and had produced a career-high 11.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. San Francisco is hoping that he can keep up next season and possibly in the future as they have had talks about a long-term contract.

Kevin Gausman came up in the Baltimore Oriloles system and along with the Giants has spent time with the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves.