Giants Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

    Larry Brown Sports "Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season. There’s a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Here’s a look at the top five..." September 20

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Giants will pick up Matt Moore’s option despite shaky season

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants will pick up pitcher Matt Moore’s option for 2018 despite the starter enduring a shaky season. Giants GM Bobby Evans confirmed to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin the team’s plans for Moore. “We’ll pick up his option,” Evans said via the Times. Moore has a $9..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • 2018 will feature the earliest Opening Day in baseball history

    Hardball Talk "Major League Baseball announced its master schedule for the 2018 season. Opening Day will be Thursday, March 29. It’s the earliest Opening Day in baseball history, with the exception of special international openers like the ones in Japan and Australia. Until now, the earliest opening date for a..." September 12

  • Shohei Otani is coveted by MLB teams and this filthy slider might explain why

    CBS Sports "We take you to Japan, where Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters is about to uncork one of the nastiest slide-pieces you've ever beheld ... And the people say: Larduhmercy. If Allen Iverson's crossover were somehow made into a breaking ball, it would look like that, probably. Otani in..." September 12

  • Ryan Vogelsong to retire as a Giant

    Hardball Talk "Ryan Vogelsong signed a minor league contract with the Twins in the offseason but was released before the end of spring training and hasn’t caught on anyplace else. Given that he’s 40, it was pretty safe to assume that his career was over, but today he and the Giants made it official: he’s..." September 11

  • Giants' Melancon to undergo season-ending surgery

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants' final few weeks of the 2017 season will be without their biggest offseason signing. Mark Melancon will undergo season-ending pronator release surgery on his right elbow. The surgery will be performed Tuesday in Los Angeles by Dr. Steven Shin. In his first year as a Giant,..." September 09

  • Will Giants exercise option on Matt Moore for 2018?

    San Francisco Chronicle "For all the thousands of words written and spoken about Johnny Cueto’s future with the Giants, little has been said about one of his rotation mates, Matt Moore, whose fate is up in the air as well. The difference is, the opt-out in Cueto’s contract puts his future in his hands. The Giants will..." September 08

  • Still feeling concussion symptoms, Brandon Belt discusses his future

    CSN Bay Area "On the night that yet another season spiraled out of his hands, Brandon Belt had an eerily prescient conversation with his hitting coach. Belt was on pace to approach 30 homers. A day earlier, he had tied his career-high by crushing his 18th. Hensley Meulens congratulated him and noted that he..." September 08

  • Pablo Sandoval in historically bad slump for Giants

    Larry Brown Sports "When the San Francisco Giants signed Pablo Sandoval in July, both parties were hoping that a change of scenery would revive Kung Fu Panda’s career. That has not been the case. Sandoval has been even worse with San Francisco than he was with Boston, which is saying a lot. He is also in the..." September 05

  • Giants’ Mark Melancon to undergo surgery for rare muscular syndrome

    San Jose Mercury News "Giants right-hander Mark Melancon confirmed that he would undergo surgery to alleviate chronic exertional compartment syndrome in his right forearm. The question is not whether he would have the procedure, but when. “I guess that’s the best way to put it: I need surgery, and I’m day to day,”..." September 04

  • Bochy: Giants might shut down Melancon soon for elbow surgery

    Hardball Talk "Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon might be shut down from throwing soon, per comments by club manager Bruce Bochy on Friday. The closer is due for elbow surgery to correct an issue that has caused lingering discomfort since the 2012 season. No definite timeline has been put on the procedure just..." September 02

  • MLB admits error after overturning Crawford's HR in Giants loss

    CSN Bay Area "Major League Baseball acknowledges Friday that the instant replay ruling in the bottom of the ninth inning of Thursday night's game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the host San Francisco Giants regarding a potential home run was incorrect. The call on a ball hit by Brandon Crawford of the..." September 01

  • Giants reportedly interested in Justin Upton

    Larry Brown Sports "The Detroit Tigers have given consideration to cleaning house, and the San Francisco Giants have interest in one of their players. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi says the Giants are interested in Justin Upton, whom the Tigers are considering trading. As Morosi says, the issue is that Upton has an..." August 30

  • Johnny Cueto addresses opt-out with Giants: ‘My whole mentality has been to stay’

    San Jose Mercury News "By now, it doesn’t make practical sense for Johnny Cueto to leave $79 million on the table and opt out of his contract with the Giants after the season. The right-hander said it doesn’t make emotional sense, either. Cueto came close to confirming what has become an open assumption: he will not..." August 29

  • Jeff Samardzija Clears Revocable Trade Waivers

    Real GM Baseball "Jeff Samardzija has cleared revocable trade waivers, meaning the San Francisco Giants can trade him freely over the next few days to all but eight teams. " August 29

  • Giants All-Star Buster Posey gets MRI on ailing thumb

    San Jose Mercury News "Buster Posey is out of Monday’s lineup at Petco Park and the Giants were awaiting MRI results on his ailing left thumb. Posey went for the precautionary tests Monday because the injury got worse over the weekend at Arizona, when he went 1 for 11 and hit one ball out of the infield. He has dealt..." August 29

  • Bumgarner no advocate for 'stupid electronic strike zone'

    CSN Bay Area "With two on, two outs and two strikes in the seventh, Madison Bumgarner took a pitch he felt was a ball. It was nearly four inches off the plate, per tracking data. Jerry Meals the home plate umpire, rung him up. Bumgarner stood at the plate for a few seconds and politely disagreed with Meals,..." August 27

  • Bruce Bochy planning as if Johnny Cueto will be back next season

    San Francisco Chronicle "Optimism seems to be growing within the Giants’ organization that pitcher Johnny Cueto will not opt out of his six-year contract after the season, the more logical decision given Cueto’s injury-marred season. Manager Bruce Bochy on Wednesday spoke about Cueto in the future tense, not future..." August 24

  • Melvin Upton Jr Opts Out Of Minor-League Deal With Giants

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants have taken flyers on plenty of veterans this season. A player they once hoped would help fill the outfield void won't finish the season with the organization. Melvin Upton Jr. opted out of his minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, Upton Jr. is..." August 21

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Mark Melancon is considering surgery

    Hardball Talk "Giants’ right-hander Mark Melancon is considering surgery for an undisclosed injury, the pitcher told reporters prior to Friday’s game against the Phillies. Melancon did not divulge the exact location of the injury, but revealed that it had been plaguing him off and on since the 2012 season and..." August 19

  • Crawford gifted cup to writer after hitting him in groin with errant throw

    Yardbarker "Brandon Crawford made a pretty unique gesture before Thursday’s game against the Phillies began. Crawford apparently drilled CSN’s Jim Salisbury in the groin with an errant throw during warmups, so he made things right by presenting the sportswriter with a gift that was appropriate for the..." August 18

  • Bobby Evans on KNBR: Christian Arroyo is out for the season

    KNBR "The Giants were hopeful that after top prospect Christian Arroyo underwent surgery to repair a fractured hand in July, that Arroyo would return to the Major League club in September. On Thursday morning, Giants’ general manager Bobby Evans confirmed those hopes have been dashed, and said Arroyo..." August 17

  • Red Sox Made ‘Every Accommodation’ For Pablo Sandoval, Dave Dombrowski Says

    NESN "Dave Dombrowski isn’t really trying to hear Pablo Sandoval’s excuses. The Boston Red Sox’s president of baseball operations appeared on WEEI on Tuesday during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and was asked about Sandoval’s comments in The Players’ Tribune after he rejoined the San..." August 15

  • Sandoval says he's happy to be back in S.F., but that's taken as a jab at Red Sox

    CBS Sports "Simply put, Pablo Sandoval's tenure with the Red Sox will go down as one of the worst free agent signings in baseball history. The team gave him a five-year contract worth $95 million, and in return, he gave them a .236/.286/.360 batting line and minus-2.2 WAR in 161 games. Boston owes him $18.6..." August 15

  • Giants activate Melancon off DL

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants have activated right-handed pitcher Mark Melancon off the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday night’s game against the Washington Nationals. In order to make room on the 25-man roster, the team has placed second baseman Miguel Gomez on the 10-day DL with a right knee..." August 13