Giants Rumors & News

  • MLB Sets Record For Revenues In 2017, Increasing More Than $500 Million Since 2015 "Major League Baseball continues to hit home runs on the business side. According to sources at the league, 2017 marks the 15th consecutive year MLB has seen record gross revenues, surpassing the $10 billion mark for the first time. By comparison, the league saw revenues approaching $9.5 billion at..." November 22

  • Giants are reportedly front-runners for Giancarlo Stanton

    CBS Sports "As you are no doubt aware, trade rumors continue to swirl about Marlins slugger and NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, of course, is coming off a 59-homer campaign, and he'll be just 28 years of age next season. On the downside, he's still owed almost $300 million, assuming he doesn't exercise his..." November 21

  • MLB wants 20-second pitch clock as pace-of-play initiative in 2018

    ESPN "The serious negotiations over Major League Baseball's pace-of-play initiatives haven't really started yet and probably won't for weeks to come. Once MLB and the Players Association dig into their talks, there will be haggling over the particulars of some ideas, like restrictions on the number of..." November 21

  • Report: Giants discussed Panik, top prospects in potential Stanton trade

    NBC Bay Area "On Monday morning, some important details emerged. The Giants discussed Joe Panik and top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw with the Marlins in a potential trade for Giancarlo Stanton, according to sports radio host Craig Mish. Last week, San Francisco reportedly made an actual offer for..." November 20

  • BBWAA announces 2018 Hall of Fame ballot

    Sporting News "The Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Monday announced the 33 candidates for the 2018 Hall of Fame ballot. The ballot lists 14 returning players who received at least five percent of the overall vote in 2017. Among those players, Trevor Hoffman (74.0 percent) and Vladimir Guerrero..." November 20

  • Deadline To Set 40-Man Rosters For Rule 5 Draft Is Tonight

    MLB Trade Rumors "The deadline for Major League teams to set their 40-man rosters in advance of next month’s Rule 5 Draft is tonight at 8pm ET. As such, baseball fans should expect to see a flurry of activity over the next 11 hours. There will be likely be players designated for assignment, outrighted and claimed..." November 20

  • Giants have reportedly made formal offer for Stanton, other teams to follow

    The Athletic "The trade offers are starting to roll in for National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton. The San Francisco Giants have made a proposal to the Miami Marlins for Stanton, and the Marlins expect to receive or have received bids from the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox as well, according to major..." November 17

  • Giants have had discussions about J.D. Martinez

    San Francisco Chronicle "Say this for the Giants. If a player with any degree of value is available, they’ll have interest. With an abundance of roster openings, they aren’t quick to rule anybody out. In other words, it’s not all about Giancarlo Stanton. It can be anyone from Eduardo Nuñez, who played in San..." November 16

  • Report: MLBPA challenging NPB posting system, delaying Shohei Ohtani’s move to MLB

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball had a “tentative agreement” in place to allow the Nippon Ham Fighters to post Shohei Ohtani — a lauded pitcher and hitter — for $20 million. However, the players’ union is challenging the system, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports, which will..." November 16

  • New MLB-NPB Posting Agreement Still Weeks Away

    MLB Trade Rumors "The hope is that Major League Baseball and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball will finalize a new posting system at some point in early December, MLB Chief Legal Officer Dan Halem tells reporters including Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter link). Until that comes to pass, Japanese..." November 15

  • MLB wants to get a pitch clock in place for the 2018 season

    Hardball Talk "As several games dragged on well past the three and four hour mark this postseason, fans active online increasingly chattered about the need for a pitch clock, rules limiting mound visits or some other means of moving things along. Today at the owners meetings down in Florida, MLB’s Chief Legal..." November 15

  • Jake Peavy Seeking Return To Majors

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran righty Jake Peavy is plotting a return to the big leagues, according to a report from’s Mark Feinsand (via Twitter). Peavy suggested such an effort was in the offing over the summer, and now it seems his agents at CAA Sports are informing teams that Peavy is on the comeback..." November 15

  • Giants Could Move Hunter Pence To Part-Time Role

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are casting a wide net as they search for outfield help, and they’re prepared to move Hunter Pence to a part-time role if their other acquisitions necessitate such a transition, GM Bobby Evans tells Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. Evans tells Crasnick that the team’s “focus is center field”..." November 15

  • Giants' Sabean prepared to make 'painful decisions' this offseason

    NBC Sports "Two years ago, the Giants entered the offseason with a clear goal of adding to the rotation. They scooped up Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto. Last year, there was no doubt that the priority had to be getting a closer, so Mark Melancon was brought in. The 2017 offseason is quite a bit more..." November 14

  • Giants Interested In Billy Hamilton

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the Giants canvas the market for center field upgrade options, the team has “shown interest” in Billy Hamilton of the Reds, per’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). The 27-year-old projects to earn an even $5MM in his second-to-last season of arbitration eligibility. It’s no secret that the..." November 14

  • Cardinals, Giants have ‘most intense’ interest in Giancarlo Stanton

    Larry Brown Sports "A handful of teams are expected to make a play for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton this winter, but two appear to have emerged as the most desperate. According to longtime MLB reporter Peter Gammons, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have been the most dedicated in trying..." November 13

  • Giants interested in acquiring Bradley Jr.

    CBS Sports "The Giants are coming off a tremendously disappointing 2017 season in which they lost 98 games -- their most losses in a season since 1985. The reasons for their failures are varied, but instability and lackluster production in the outfield stand out. To the end of addressing that roster flaw, the..." November 12

  • Red Sox Begin Talks With Marlins About Stanton

    CBS Boston "Are the Red Sox positioning themselves for a major offseason splash? According to one report they’re at least considering it. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported Friday night that the Red Sox are among the teams who have had “preliminary communication” with the Marlins about a possible trade for..." November 11

  • Jae-gyun Hwang Headed Back to Korea After 'unforgettable and Disappointing' Year

    NBC Bay Area "The year didn't go as planned, but the dream was made. Jae-gyun Hwang can always say he played Major League Baseball. After a year in which Hwang spent the majority of his time in Triple-A and fulfilled his dream in 18 games with the San Francisco Giants, Hwang is heading back to Korea where he..." November 10

  • MLB sees increase in sponsor spending while NFL is trending negative

    Awful Announcing "Coming off a successful postseason, Major League Baseball got some more good news. According to a new report, MLB saw a record in corporate sponsorship spending of $892 million, a jump of almost 8%. It comes after the 2016 World Series, which was the most-watched Fall Classic in 12 years, while..." November 08

  • Cubs could deal Heyward to Giants for Samardzija, Melancon?

    CBS Sports "Welcome back to Rumor Buy or Sell, where we ... OK, so the title is kind of self-explanatory. Our rumor to break down here a few days before free agency officially begins and unofficially sort of kicks off the Hot Stove season Hoo boy, that's a juicy one. Phil is right, it's complicated...." November 08

  • Giants pick up 2018 options for Madison Bumgarner, Matt Moore, and Pablo Sandoval

    Hardball Talk "Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that the Giants have picked up the 2018 options for starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Moore, as well as third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Bumgarner, 28, had an option worth $12 million and has another one for 2019 worth the same. He made only 17 starts..." November 06

  • Johnny Cueto declines opt-out, will stay with Giants four more years

    San Francisco Chronicle "The shimmy is staying on the mound in San Francisco. Pitcher Johnny Cueto elected not to opt out of his six-year, $130 million contract after two years, which was his right under the deal. His deadline to opt out and declare himself a free agent was 9 p.m. Saturday. “Johnny is excited about..." November 05

  • Giants to hire Curt Young as pitching coach

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants are expected to hire former A’s pitching coach Curt Young to replace Dave Righetti as pitching coach in San Francisco, according to major-league sources. The Giants have not confirmed the hire, but a deal appears to be done or close. Young, 57, has been the A’s pitching coach..." November 04

  • Curt Young switches to Giants, hired as team’s new pitching coach

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants didn’t have to reach far to find a successor to longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti. The club will add former A’s pitching coach Curt Young to its major league staff next season, sources confirmed. The Giants are planning a Monday announcement to make official the hiring of Young..." November 04

  • From Jose Canseco to J.J. Watt, everyone thinks MLB balls are juiced

    Chicago Sun-Times "As balls sailed out of Major League ballparks in record fashion this past season, the whispers from disbelievers were drowned out by the roars of the longball-clamoring crowd. But after Sunday’s World Series slugfest that saw a combined seven home runs with the Houston Astros finally prevailing..." October 31

  • No, Barry Bonds isn’t a candidate to become the next Giants hitting coach

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants’ list of candidates to become their next hitting and pitching coaches continues to evolve as other major league clubs shake up their staffs. But you can rule out two major names from franchise history. Barry Bonds is expected to continue in his mostly non-uniformed, special..." October 30

  • Giants claim Micah Johnson off waivers from Reds

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants have a new utility man. The Cincinnati Reds announced on Twitter Monday afternoon that Micah Johnson has been claimed off waivers by their National League rivals in the Bay Area. Johnson was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the ninth round of the 2012 MLB draft. He..." October 30

  • What to make of massive changes to Giants coaching staff

    CSN Bay Area "In retrospect, we all probably should have seen the massive coaching changes coming. Not because the Giants lost 98 games this past season, but because they talked openly at the end of the year about adding multiple stats-inclined people to the front office. The Giants are trying to catch up to..." October 30

  • Giants early favorites in potential Stanton trade

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants are seen as a very early favorite for Giancarlo Stanton, the superstar who is expected to be shopped this year. Stanton, who said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Tuesday night that he would be meeting with Marlins brass after the World Series, has the ultimate decision-making..." October 26

  • Report: Giants playoff hero among two hitters who elect free agency

    San Jose Mercury News "The man who got the Giants past the Mets in the 2016 NL Wild Card Game is moving on from San Francisco. Veteran third baseman Conor Gillaspie and longtime minor leaguer Carlos Moncrief elected to put their names into free agency once it starts following the World Series, according to Baseball..." October 23

  • San Francisco Giants make 3 changes to coaching staff

    Sporting News "The San Francisco Giants made three coaching changes Saturday, including a change for longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti, the team announced. Righetti, who had served as pitching coach since 2000, will now take on the role of special assistant to the general manager. Assistant hitting..." October 21

  • Giants fire pitching coach Dave Righetti

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants have let go of longtime pitching coach Dave Righetti, league sources tell FanRag Sports. Righetti is expected to be reassigned and have a role in the team’s front office, sources said. It’s a surprise move, given that Righetti has been with the team for 17 seasons..." October 21

  • Major League Baseball considering expansion, radical realignment

    Hardball Talk "Tracy Ringolsby of Baseball America wrote yesterday about a “growing consensus” within baseball that expansion and realignment are inevitable. The likely expansion cities: Portland and Montreal. The 32-team league would then undergo a radical realignment that would also involve reducing the season..." October 17

  • Giants' Bruce Bochy 'feeling better' after heart ablation procedure

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he was "feeling better" after undergoing a heart ablation procedure to correct an atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat. "The procedure went extremely well and I'm feeling better," the 62-year-old Bochy said in a statement Friday. "I'm..." October 14

  • Major League Baseball should amend replay review for on/off base disputes

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs won Thursday’s NLDS Game 5 by a 9-8 score over the Nationals and were aided in part by replay review in the eighth inning, helping Wade Davis escape a jam. The Nationals had scored a run on a Michael Taylor RBI single, cutting their deficit to one run. Lobaton kept the rally going with a..." October 13

  • MLB Sets 2017-18 Qualifying Offer At $17.4MM

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the qualifying offer for the upcoming offseason at $17.4MM, MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes reports (Twitter link). With the news, teams can now make full assessments of whether to issue qualifying offers to pending free agents. Offers are due five days after the World Series..." October 13

  • Giants big on Giancarlo Stanton but what does he want?

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants are the team that’s shown the most interest in Giancarlo Stanton, sources suggest, though they are far from alone, as the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and others also expressed hope this summer. The Giants could actually have an advantage over those two..." October 12

  • Who is leading Stanton sweepstakes?

    Fanrag Sports "Many Miami Marlins players aren’t expecting to be back next year due to the expected rebuild/selloff, as was mentioned here in the Giancarlo Stanton interview over the weekend. But the key to the anticipated rebuild is probably Stanton himself. While Jeter didn’t delve deeply into coming plans..." October 05

  • Giants plan to continue pitching, defense emphasis over acquiring power

    San Francisco Chronicle "Two days after the 30 major-league teams completed a season in which they hit a record 6,105 home runs, the four Giants officials who conducted Tuesday’s postmortem news conference at AT&T Park acknowledged how badly their team missed out. Homer-starved fans in San Francisco would have liked to..." October 04

  • Giants manager Bruce Bochy to undergo another heart procedure

    San Jose Mercury News "Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he would undergo an ablation procedure early next week to treat an atrial fibrillation – his second heart procedure this year and his third in the past three seasons. The procedure was scheduled even before Bochy had another ablation, or burning of heart tissue,..." October 03

  • Draft: First-Round Order For 2018

    Real GM Baseball "The regular season is over, so the order of the first round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft has been solidified. 1. Detroit Tigers 2. San Francisco Giants 3. Philadelphia Phillies 4. Chicago White Sox 5. Cincinnati Reds 6. New York Mets 7. San Diego Padres 8...." October 02

  • MLB names World Series MVP Award in Honor of Willie Mays

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball just announced that it has renamed the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in honor of Willie Mays. Beginning with the 2017 World Series, the MVP of the Fall Classic will now be recognized as the “Willie Mays World Series Most Valuable Player.” The announcement comes..." September 29

  • 'Concussion' doctor Bennet Omalu says MLB's seven-day DL is 'a joke'

    CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have had a rough season when it comes to catcher concussions. Backup Hector Sanchez missed a week in April after taking a ball off the mask. Meanwhile, starter Austin Hedges missed closer to two weeks due to his own concussion -- one that required vision training before he..." September 28

  • The horse rides off: Matt Cain to retire at end of 2017 season

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants have spent weeks working on a plan to have Matt Cain make one final start for them this weekend. Cain announced Wednesday that Saturday's appearance will actually be the last one of his big league career. Before the final road game of his 13th big league season, Cain told his..." September 27

  • The time two umpires almost got blackmailed over a hookup with strippers

    Hardball Talk "I didn’t put “must-click link” in the headline because there wasn’t room, but I kinda doubt I need to tell you that you need to click on this link, which takes you to a wonderful story by William Ryczek over at The National Pastime Museum. The short version: in 1960 two big league umpires, Ed..." September 27

  • Major League Baseball wants you to look at a screen while you’re at the ballpark

    Hardball Talk "During the debate last week involving expanded netting at major league ballparks, the familiar refrain from the anti-netting crowd rung out: “hey, netting wouldn’t be necessary if you simply paid attention!” These folks get particularly upset at the idea of people looking at their phones or..." September 25

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Where have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace

    San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum’s last known address is tucked behind a partial fence, just off a sloped dead-end street near the shores of Lake Washington. Getting to the front door of the barn-red building requires crossing a short bridge. It feels like walking the plank. This is where I rang the doorbell..." September 21

  • Giants GM Bobby Evans, asst. GM Jeremy Shelley in Japan to scout Shohei Otani

    San Francisco Chronicle "General manager Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley are in Japan to scout Shohei Otani, the pitcher and outfielder who probably will be courted by every major-league team when he is posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters. Otani, 23, is ready to come to the majors even though he cannot get a..." September 21

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