Giants Rumors & News

  • 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 MLB.com’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

  • Giants banking on 2018 rebound - and don't plan on rebuilding

    USA Today "It was only one game. Technically, just one inning. One long, torturous, repulsive inning. Nearly 10 months to the day, the San Francisco Giants suffered one of the most horrifying bullpen collapses in postseason history, their season coming to an abrupt end against the Chicago Cubs in..." August 10

  • MLB players will be allowed to wear nickname jerseys Aug. 25-27

    ESPN "Major League Baseball will look anything but uniform for a newly created Players Weekend later this month. MLB, together with the MLB Players Association, announced Wednesday a group of initiatives aimed letting players express themselves while connecting with their past in youth..." August 09

  • Home run king Bonds wishes he played one more year

    Sportsnet "Barry Bonds so badly wanted to play one final season. On the 10th anniversary of breaking baseball’s all-time home run mark, Bonds told The Associated Press on Monday night he believes he would have reached 800 homers or come very close if his career hadn’t ended amid steroid allegations and a..." August 08

  • Parts of old Bay Bridge being used to make trophy for annual Giants vs. A’s series

    Sportsnaut "Winning the annual Bay Bridge Series between the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics will now come with a prize — a trophy made from part of the original Bay Bridge. The trophy will be made by NBC Sports, which has broadcast rights for both team’s games. Depending on the year, the..." August 08

  • MLB releases 2017 postseason schedule

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball released the 2017 postseason schedule on Tuesday -- and it is similar to last year's, except in one important way: The 113th World Series will begin Oct. 24 on FOX at the home of the league champion with the better regular-season record. The standard playoff tiebreaker..." August 08

  • Kontos bids Giants farewell: 'My heart will always bleed black and orange'

    The Score "George Kontos won two World Series in six seasons with the San Francisco Giants, so it's natural he'd take the time to put together a proper goodbye. The 32-year-old reliever was claimed off waivers Sunday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, ending his Giants stint at 300 games with the franchise, and..." August 06

  • Span has 'no problem' with possible move to LF

    MLB.com "Though he hasn't played left field since 2009, Denard Span didn't hesitate when Giants manager Bruce Bochy approached him earlier this week about a possible transition from center to left. Bochy indicated the team would likely hold off on the change until next year. That's because he..." August 06

  • Giants call up Pablo Sandoval, place Brandon Belt on disabled list

    KNBR "Earlier this week, Giants’ manager Bruce Bochy said, “When that right times comes, it’ll happen.” For Pablo Sandoval, that right time is now. The San Francisco Giants purchased the contract of Sandoval on Saturday morning, and he’ll join the 25-man roster as first baseman Brandon Belt is..." August 05

  • George Kontos claimed by Pirates on waivers

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "On Saturday, the Pirates acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez, who spent the 2015 and 2016 seasons in Pittsburgh, from the Atlanta Braves for minor league infielder Connor Joe. They also claimed reliever George Kontos off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and designated for assignment reliever..." August 05

  • Giants' Brandon Belt has concussion symptoms after curveball to head

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt was suffering from concussion symptoms after he was hit in the head by a 78 mph curveball Friday night. The scary moment came in the sixth inning of the Giants' 2-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Belt stayed down for several moments while being..." August 05

  • Giants Designate Conor Gillaspie For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "Following last night’s game, the Giants designated third baseman Conor Gillaspie for assignment and optioned infielder Jae-gyun Hwang back to Triple-A Sacramento, as Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area writes. In their place, the Giants have recalled infield/outfield prospect Ryder Jones from Sacramento..." August 03

  • Giants diagnose Johnny Cueto’s arm injury, expect him to pitch again this season

    San Jose Mercury News "The woeful Giants have learned to embrace the absence of bad news as good news. So you could say they received good news about Johnny Cueto on Tuesday. One day after Cueto cut short his rehab start at Single-A San Jose because of forearm discomfort, the team said an MRI exam ruled out any..." August 02

  • Different injury cuts Johnny Cueto's rehab start in San Jose short

    CSN Bay Area "Johnny Cueto was supposed to throw about 70 pitches in a rehab start Monday night. He was pulled after 34, with a problem much worse than the blisters that have held him back this season. Manager Bruce Bochy said Cueto was pulled early because he felt tightness in his right forearm. He will be..." August 01

  • Giants' top pitching prospect expected to miss rest of season

    CSN Bay Area "With a postseason spot long gone, the Giants hoped to take a look at some of their top prospects in September. Another injury will likely keep that from being a reality for the organization's top minor league pitcher. Right-hander Tyler Beede is expected to miss the rest of the season after..." July 28

  • Current, former MLB players discuss the sport’s cocaine problem

    New York Daily News "It's been 10 months since Marlins ace Jose Fernandez died late at night while accidentally driving a boat into a jetty off the coast of Miami. He had alcohol and cocaine in his system at the time, according to the toxicology report. Two other passengers were killed, too. While baseball has been..." July 28

  • Giants Shopping Denard Span

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are shopping center fielder Denard Span, tweets ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, but they’ve yet to drum up a market for the 33-year-old veteran. Span is in the second season of a three-year, $31MM contract with the Giants, though the backloaded nature of the contract makes the notion of..." July 28

  • Jeff Samardzija Unlikely To Waive No-Trade Clause

    MLB Trade Rumors "Jeff Samardzija’s name has come up frequently in recent trade rumors, but the 32-year-old right-hander’s five-year, $90MM contract allows him to block trades to all but eight teams. Moreover, Samardzija tells Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that if approached by the Giants about a..." July 27

  • Giants open to dealing Johnny Cueto, Jeff Samardzija

    Sporting News "The MLB trade deadline is less than a week away, and a number of big names are currently being floated around the rumor mill. According to ESPN, the Giants are willing to listen to offers for starting pitchers Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija. The Giants are in the midst of a disastrous..." July 26

  • Giants trade Eduardo Nunez to Red Sox

    CSN Bay Area "Eduardo Nunez's time with the Giants is up as they have traded the third baseman to the Boston Red Sox. The teams announced the trade shortly after the Giants beat the Pirates 11-3 on Tuesday night. Fox Sports was the first to report the news. The Giants will acquire minor league pitchers..." July 26

  • Some GMs like to deal with each other -- and some don't

    ESPN "Every baseball executive understood by mid-June that Washington general manager Mike Rizzo needed bullpen help -- again -- to help plug the gap at closer. But Rizzo’s choices were far less than perfect, certainly less attractive than in 2016 when he talked about deals involving Aroldis Chapman and..." July 25

  • Brandon Crawford: Giants should change right-center field wall

    CSN Bay Area "Since the moment it opened, AT&T Park has been a pitcher's park. Last Friday, Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford answered questions from kids at a youth baseball camp. How big are Major League fields? “They vary in size. Ours is one of the bigger ones, 421 feet to right-center, which..." July 24

  • Pablo Sandoval wishes he signed with Giants, not Boston Red Sox

    Mass Live "Pablo Sandoval, who officially has signed a minor league deal with the Giants, met with reporters at AT&T Park in San Francisco today and said, "I learned my lesson." He said he wishes he had re-signed with the Giants following 2014 instead of taking less money to join the Red Sox. "I wish..." July 23

  • Giants' Albert Suarez: Joins big-league club

    CBS Seattle "Suarez was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Saturday, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Suarez joins the major-league roster for the first time this season, adding length out of the bullpen with Steven Okert optioned down. " July 22

  • Pablo Sandoval apologizes for 2015 comments on leaving Giants

    Fanrag Sports "Despite being a beloved figure during his first stint with the San Francisco Giants, third baseman Pablo Sandoval probably could have handled his departure more smoothly than he did. In an interview with Scott Miller of Bleacher Report, Sandoval said that leaving the Giants for Boston was “not..." July 22

  • Pablo Sandoval signs deal to return to Giants

    WEEI Boston "Out of options and paid almost $50 million to simply go away just one week ago, Red Sox bust of a third baseman Pablo Sandoval was without a job for just one week, as he has officially signed a deal to return to the Giants, according to MLB insider Jon Heyman. Designated for assignment last..." July 22

  • Morse still recovering from concussion, Giants unsure about his future

    KNBR "Michael Morse is 35 years old and has played more than 100 games in a season just once since 2012. Morse’s best season in the last five years came in 2013, when he appeared in 131 contests for the Giants and hit 16 home runs while driving in 61 runs. Nevertheless, Morse was a popular..." July 22

  • Giants expected to sign Pablo Sandoval with Royals interested

    Fanrag Sports "Although it is expected that the San Francisco Giants will be bringing back free-agent third baseman Pablo Sandoval on Friday afternoon, the three-time World Series Champion is also receiving some other interest from around the league. A source close to the station has highlighted the Kansas City..." July 21

  • Pence, Posey weigh in: Would Giants welcome back Pablo Sandoval?

    San Jose Mercury News "The day could come this season when Pablo Sandoval walks into the Giants clubhouse and sets down his equipment bag. Lord knows he has more baggage than his bats and workout clothes. How would Sandoval be received by his former teammates? With open arms? With guarded greetings? With bygones..." July 21

  • Giants reliever Will Smith shooting for ’18 opener

    San Francisco Chronicle "The story of the Giants’ bullpen struggles in 2017 cannot be told without mentioning a huge loss. Left-hander Will Smith, acquired from Milwaukee in a midseason deal a year ago, was ticketed for the eighth inning until he blew out his elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery on March 30. Smith..." July 20

  • If the Red Sox Win the World Series, Does Pablo Sandoval Get a Ring?

    The Big Lead "Pablo Sandoval may rejoin the San Francisco Giants. Sandoval spent the first 7 seasons of his career in San Francisco, making 2 All-Star teams and winning 3 World Series and a World Series MVP. Then he signed one of the most incredible contracts in sports history with the Boston Red..." July 20

  • Source: Pablo Sandoval returning to Giants

    MLB.com "Pablo Sandoval is coming back to San Francisco. A source told MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez on Wednesday that Sandoval, recently released by the Red Sox, will sign a Minor League contract with the Giants. The deal is pending a physical, and Sandoval is expected to be in San Francisco on Friday. The..." July 20

  • Report: Giants drawing interest in Jeff Samardzija, Hunter Strickland

    Hardball Talk "With the non-waiver trade deadline less than two weeks away, trade rumors are starting to heat up. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants are drawing interest in starter Jeff Samardzija and reliever Hunter Strickland. Samardzija, 32, has struggled this year,..." July 19

  • Likely destinations for all the top stars on the block

    USA Today "The Cleveland Indians witnessed it first-hand over the weekend, and would love to stuff him in their overhead compartment Wednesday afternoon when they fly home from the Bay Area after a week-long stay. The Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers can line up their playoff rotations now, with a..." July 18

  • Giants' sellout streak ends at National League record 530 games

    CBS Sports "The longest sellout streak in National League history and the second longest in baseball history is officially over. Monday night, during their game with the Indians (GameTracker), the Giants announced the attendance at AT&T Park at 39,538, roughly 2,400 short of a sellout at the 41,915-seat..." July 18

  • Rays Interested In Hunter Strickland

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays are showing interest in Giants reliever Hunter Strickland, having sent a scout to San Diego to watch the right-hander pitch this weekend, reports Chris Haft of MLB.com. At 49-43, a half-game up on the Yankees for the American League’s top wild-card spot and two games above the..." July 16

  • Giants showing most interest in Giancarlo Stanton

    Larry Brown Sports "2017 may be a lost season, but the San Francisco Giants may already have the next even-year trick up their sleeve. SiriusXM’s Craig Mish reports Saturday the Miami Marlins are receiving trade interest in Giancarlo Stanton, and the Giants are said to be most interested. The Giants are..." July 16

  • Astros checking in on Giants' Samardzija?

    CBS Sports "The Astros have a mammoth lead in the AL West, but that doesn't mean they'll sit out the forthcoming non-waiver trade deadline. Specifically, Houston wants to reinforce a rotation that's been hit by injuries to Collin McHugh and Dallas Keuchel. As well, Lance McCullers has never thrown more than..." July 16

  • Bochy convinced baseballs are causing blisters after Cueto injury

    San Jose Mercury News "On the day they welcome Madison Bumgarner back to their rotation, they cleared roster space for him by putting Johnny Cueto on the disabled list. Bumgarner will take the mound Saturday at Petco Park for his first major league start since the April 20 dirt bike accident that resulted in a..." July 16

  • Giants' Johnny Cueto: Could miss next start with blisters

    CBS Sports "Cueto is dealing with multiple blisters on his hand and could miss his next start, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports Friday. The blister epidemic in 2017 continues. " July 15

  • Sandoval-Giants reunion not out of the question

    Fanrag Sports "Is a reunion between Pablo Sandoval and the San Francisco Giants as far-fetched as it may seem? Perhaps not. People close to Sandoval say he would “love” to go back to the Giants, no matter what he said shortly after he exited San Francisco, where he had some memorably-spectacular October..." July 15

  • Cueto becomes the latest victim of blister epidemic, and baseballs may be to blame

    CBS Sports "Somewhat quietly, there is a blister epidemic in baseball. Pitchers around the league are dealing with them, and when we talk about blisters on a pitcher's fingers, we're not talking about little dinky blisters you get from a new pair of shoes. These are yucky, gross blisters with shredded skin...." July 15

  • Giants executive Brian Sabean reacts to this season’s ‘total ineptitude,’ sketches out trade deadline strategy

    San Jose Mercury News "Brian Sabean has presided over the Giants’ baseball operations department for more than two decades. He watched Barry Bonds rewrite the record book and Tim Lincecum bend the laws of physics. He watched some rosters overachieve beyond his wildest hopes and others splinter to the disabled list. He..." July 13