RHP Jordan Hicks Signs With SF Giants, Will Be a Starter

Jordan Hicks with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2019
Jordan Hicks with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2019. Photo by John Fisher/CSM/Shutterstock (10182062bb)

The San Francisco Giants are signing right-hand pitcher Jordan Hicks to a multi-year deal, according to multiple reports. The agreement is expected to become official after Hicks undergoes his medical.

Hicks will reportedly ink a four-year, $44 million contract while being guaranteed a place in the starting rotation after spending the majority of his career in MLB in the bullpen. The deal also comes with $2 million in incentives that the 27-year-old player can earn if he reaches 100 innings.

Hicks split the 2023 campaign between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Toronto Blue Jays. He played a total of 65 games, finishing the season with a 3-9 record, 3.29 ERA, 81 strikeouts, and 12 saves.

The Giants are now hoping that Hicks can perform on the same level as a starting pitcher in the majors. He received his MLB debut in 2018 but has only started eight games, all of which came in the 2022 season.

Currently, San Francisco only has the 2023 NL Cy Young Award finalist Logan Webb and veteran ace Robbie Ray, who is expected to return after the All-Star break following Tommy John surgery, as undisputed starters. Taking a risk on Hicks makes sense for the franchise, as they get a new starter on a reasonable contract at best and a valuable relief pitcher at worst.