The Giants have agreed to a minor league pact with right-hander James Sherfy and will invite him to Major League Spring Training, per MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (Twitter link). Sherfy is repped by PSI Sports Management.
Sherfy, 29, has spent his entire career to date with the division-rival Diamondbacks, who drafted him in the 10th round back in 2013. He appeared in the big leagues each year from 2017-19, pitching quite well in 2017-18 before stumbling thanks to a some ill-timed long balls with men on base in a small sample of 18 1/3 frames in 2019.
Despite a solid track record, Sherfy didn’t make it to the big leagues with the Snakes in 2020. He was in the club’s initial 60-man player pool and spent the year working out at their alternate training site, however, so he still got some work in last year.
Overall, Sherfy owns a 2.98 ERA in 45 1/3 big league innings. That’s not fully supported by fielding-independent metrics, but his 3.82 FIP and 3.88 SIERA are both solid nevertheless. Sherfy also carries better-than-averages strikeout (25.4 percent) and walk (9.0 percent) rates throughout his limited big league career to date. He’s not an especially hard thrower, averaging 93.3 mph on his fastball, but he’s had success both in Triple-A and the big leagues. On a minor league deal, there’s not much to dislike about the addition for San Francisco.