Giants Rumors & News

  • Giants' Aaron Hill: Joins Giants on minors pact

    CBS Sports "Hill agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports. The deal likely includes an invite to spring training, with San Francisco throwing a dart on Hill's defensive versatility and sometimes useful bat. Over recent years, the power and speed Hill displayed in..." February 17

  • Tim Hudson to work as Giants spring training instructor

    Sportsnaut "Four-time All-Star Tim Hudson is coming back to San Francisco, according to his wife. Well, kind of. Kim Hudson announced on Twitter her husband will be joining the San Francisco Giants during spring training as a guest instructor, and he is very excited to be back in a Giants uniform." February 16

  • Barry Zito first Cy Young winner on Billboard charts

    San Jose Mercury News "Barry Zito joined an exclusive club of just one this week by becoming the first Cy Young winner to make the Billboard charts. His debut album, No Secrets EP, sold 1,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. That ranks it No. 15 on Americana/Folk Album Sales, No. 18 on..." February 16

  • Giants shortstop Jimmy Rollins describes ‘dysfunction’ inside Chicago White Sox organization

    San Jose Mercury News "A year ago, Jimmy Rollins watched the drama unfold within the Chicago White Sox organization early in spring training. “That didn’t really change,” Rollins said. “It was a clubhouse in disarray after that point.” Rollins says about three days into his brief tenure with Chicago, which lasted..." February 15

  • Melancon credits 'stubborn' Russell Martin for his success

    USA Today "Mark Melancon was coming off his worst season ever, a 6.20-ERA monstrosity with the Boston Red Sox in 2012 that included a demotion to the minors, when he joined forces on the Pittsburgh Pirates with catcher Russell Martin. Their connection would change his career. A life-long reliever,..." February 15

  • Giants add experienced late reliever

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants, adding late-inning experience to a crowded field of relievers, have signed former Diamondbacks setup man David Hernandez to a minor-league contract, general manager Bobby Evans said. The Giants know the right-hander well. The 31-year-old Sacramento native and Elk Grove resident..." February 14

  • A major extension might have to wait for Madison Bumgarner

    San Jose Mercury News "It’s become standard practice on the day Giants pitchers and catchers report to spring training: Madison Bumgarner tows his horse trailer to town. And he insists that he is towing no bitterness over his contract. “You’re asking me the same question my grandpa asks me: `When are you going to..." February 14

  • Giants’ Matt Cain stoked for strange fifth-starter competition

    San Francisco Chronicle "One of the most over-hyped stories of any spring training is the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, which raises suspense but does not ordinarily make or break a team. It’s not over-hyped this year, not in Giants camp, where one of the candidates owns three World Series rings, has..." February 14

  • Barry Bonds crashes Giants fan fest to sign autographs

    CBS Sports "Most teams hold their fan events (Fan Fest or some derivative thereof) in January, but the Giants actually held theirs on Saturday in AT&T Park. MLB's all-time Home Run King, Barry Bonds, wasn't scheduled to attend, but he showed up on his bicycle to sign autographs nonetheless. Bonds won five..." February 12

  • Posey warns Schwarber not to rush back to catching

    Chicago Tribune "While the Cubs' Kyle Schwarber maintains his desire to catch, Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey offered a cautionary tale about returning to the position after suffering a serious leg injury. "I always told people it took me a solid two years before I felt back to some sense of normalcy,"..." February 11

  • Commissioner Manfred admits MLB is revisiting its view on sports betting

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred discussed sports gambling with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday and made some pretty salient points. Among them is becoming more open-minded about fans legally gambling on the sport in the United States. Manfred said that betting on games is a "form of..." February 09

  • Brian Wilson mulling MLB comeback as knuckleballer

    Sportsnaut "He’s back! Well, he might be. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports three-time All-Star pitcher Brian Wilson could be returning to Major League Baseball. And he plans to return as a knuckleballer. Brown’s article mentions the 34-year-old recently threw some pitches on a mound at USC, and..." February 09

  • MLB to test radical extra-inning rule change in Minors, WBC

    Sportsnaut "Lower levels of professional baseball, as well as the upcoming World Baseball Classic, will have a radical rule change. When games reach extra innings, teams will begin their at-bats with a man already on second base. If it works well, the rule could eventually work its way to MLB. “A..." February 09

  • Which players might surprise for clubs in '17? "In the Major Leagues, big contributions often come from unexpected places. With Spring Training right around the corner, now is the time for some of the best stories of 2017 to begin. To catch you up on all that's taken place this offseason, is taking a look at different aspects of each..." February 08

  • Giants To Re-Sign Gordon Beckham

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have agreed to a minor-league deal to bring back infielder Gordon Beckham, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports (via Twitter). He’ll earn at a $1.25MM annual rate if he cracks the MLB roster, Jon Heyman of Fan Rag tweets. Beckham, 30, landed in San Francisco late last year —..." February 08

  • MLB win totals: How we see the 2017 season unfolding

    USA Today "First things first: Some team is lurking in the weeds to mess all this up. It always happens. With that out of the way, we present USA TODAY Sports’ projected win totals for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. For this, our second annual foray into forecasting all 30 teams’ records come Game..." February 07

  • 7 MLB veterans who surprisingly still are unsigned a week before spring training

    Fox Sports "At this time next week, pitchers and catchers from more than half of the majors’ teams will be going through their first spring training workouts. However, one prominent catcher – Matt Wieters – is among the most valuable free agents still on the market. And he isn’t alone. Here are seven..." February 07

  • Sergio Romo signs with the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "It was rumored to be close over the weekend, but now the deal is in place: the Dodgers have acquired reliever Sergio Romo. Ken Rosenthal reports that it is a one-year, $3 million deal. Romo, 33, has pitched for the Giants for the last nine years. " February 06

  • Braun to Red Sox? Dozier to Braves? Five trades that should happen, but likely won't

    CBS Sports "In a little more than one week, pitchers and catchers will begin reporting to spring training and camps across Florida and Arizona will open. The first Grapefruit League and Cactus League games are roughly three weeks away. Teams are currently scrambling to fill out their rosters with spring..." February 04

  • Why it's time for MLB to rethink the outdated sacrifice fly rule

    Sporting News "Wade Boggs knows more about getting on base than anyone I've ever met. But the Hall of Famer's career .415 on-base percentage should've been higher. The reason it wasn't? The sacrifice fly. Boggs' 96 career sacrifice flies actually knocked his on-base percentage down four points — from a..." February 04

  • Odd Man Out: Where Trevor Brown Fits With The San Francisco Giants

    The Sports Quotient "On Jan. 25, the San Francisco Giants signed catcher Nick Hundley to a one-year, $2 million contract. Last season Hundley hit .260/.320/.439 with 10 home runs in 317 plate appearances, and now he appears ready to assume the role of Buster Posey’s backup. The move was not strange for a team in need..." February 03

  • Brewers Claim Ehire Adrianza, Designate Rob Scahill

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have claimed infielder Ehire Adrianza off waivers from the Giants, the team announced. He’ll take the roster spot of righty Rob Scahill, who was designated for assignment." January 31

  • Jury selection begins in the human trafficking case against agents of Cuban ballplayers

    Hardball Talk "Jury selection is underway today in Miami federal courtroom in the case of Bartolo Hernandez and Julio Estrada, sports agents charged with illegally smuggling baseball players from Cuba to the United States. The two are accused of taking as much as $15 million from players, who were placed under..." January 30

  • When do pitchers and catchers report? 2017 MLB spring training reporting dates for all 30 teams

    Sporting News "Spring training is almost here, with teams reporting in about two weeks to warm the hearts of baseball fans who've endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter. Here are reporting dates for all 30 MLB teams: When do pitchers and catchers report? GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE (Pitchers and..." January 30

  • Ex-MLB player Aubrey Huff crushed for immigration tweet

    Larry Brown Sports "Former MLB player Aubrey Huff decided to share his thoughts on the rash of protests that have broken out across the United States in recent weeks, and it did not go very well for him. On Sunday night, Huff tweeted that all of the people who were getting together to protest should consider..." January 30

  • Giants Designate Ehire Adrianza

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have designated infielder Ehire Adrianza for assignment, the team announced (h/t Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area, via Twitter). His roster spot will go to just-signed catcher Nick Hundley. With San Francisco also reaching agreement recently with another infield option, Jae-gyun Hwang,..." January 24

  • Giants To Sign Nick Hundley

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have struck a deal on a contract with catcher Nick Hundley, per Andrew Baggarly of the Bay Area News Group (via Twitter). He is expected to receive a $2MM guarantee. Hundley has already passed his physical, but the team is waiting to line up a 40-man move before making things official." January 24

  • 5 best remaining MLB free agents

    Larry Brown Sports "Spring training is less than a month away, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still a few players in the Major League Baseball free agent market that could make positive contributions to a team. Though roster spots are filling up, teams still have needs, and there is still talent out..." January 24

  • Spring training to be shorter in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "In an effort to spread the season over 187 days as opposed to 183, Major League Baseball’s spring training period will last 38 days as opposed to 40 due in part to restrictions implemented in the league’s new collective bargaining agreement. The date for players to voluntarily arrive in camp is..." January 24

  • Korean third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang signs with Giants

    Fanrag Sports "A source close to the situation has confirmed to FanRag Sports that Korean third baseman Jae-Gyun Hwang has signed with the San Francisco Giants. However, the details and financial terms surrounding the newly inked pact have yet to come to light. Andrew Baggarly was first to confirm a report..." January 23

  • MLB players pay tribute to Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte

    Fox Sports "Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car accident in the Dominican Republic. Ventura, who made his MLB debut in 2013 and won 38 games for the Royals, was just 25. The accident occured just hours after former Braves, Indians and Diamondbacks infielder Andy Marte was..." January 22

  • Former Giants ace Tim Lincecum not ready to call it quits

    San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum couldn’t reestablish himself as a productive major league pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels last season, but the two-time Cy Young Award winner and Giants legend hasn’t given up on recapturing his previous form. Although he doesn’t have a contract for 2017 and spring training is..." January 22

  • Here is the 2017 MLB Draft order now that all qualified free agents have signed

    CBS Sports "Earlier this week, both Jose Bautista and Mark Trumbo signed new contracts with their former teams, meaning all 10 of this offseason's qualified free agents are off the board. Here's our free agent tracker. Now that all the qualified free agents are signed, the 2017 amateur draft order is more or..." January 21

  • Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds are on Hall of Fame trajectory

    New York Post "Getting Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens their deserved day in Cooperstown is similar to how Jerry described breaking up in an episode of “Seinfeld”: “[It’s] like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it one push. You’ve got to rock it back and forth a few times and then it goes..." January 18

  • Jose Canseco claims Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell used steroids, rips Hall of Fame voters in Twitter rant

    New York Daily News "On the eve of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcement, former slugger and self-proclaimed “godfather of steroids” Jose Canseco went off on a Twitter rant, ripping the writers, the voting process and naming players on the ballot as definite juicers. Canseco, author of the 2005 book “Juiced,”..." January 18

  • Diamondbacks, Gregor Blanco Agree To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Longtime Giants outfielder Gregor Blanco has agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, Blanco’s agent, Wil Polidor, tells Manolo Hernandez of (Twitter link). SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo tweets that Blanco would receive a $1MM base..." January 17

  • Giants avoid arbitration with Nunez, Smith, Kontos

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants avoided arbitration with three more veterans on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with third baseman Eduardo Nuñez, left-hander Will Smith and right-hander George Kontos. Financial details were not immediately available. MLB Trade Rumors' projections put Nuñez at about $4.4 million,..." January 14

  • Giants, Conor Gillaspie Avoid Arbitration

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants and third baseman Conor Gillaspie have agreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports (via Twitter). San Francisco’s latest postseason hero will make $1.4MM with the team in 2017, per Heyman. That figure checks in quite a bit north of his $900K..." January 12

  • Will catchers soon have headsets in their helmets?

    Hardball Talk "Teddy Cahill of Baseball America tells us about a new innovation in the never-ending struggle to speed up games: catcher headsets. Just as quarterbacks never call their own plays anymore and, instead, have them radioed in to them from the sidelines, catchers rarely call their own pitches..." January 12

  • A’ sign former Giants closer Santiago Casilla

    Sportsnaut "Santiago Casilla will not return to the San Francisco Giants in 2017. But the relief pitcher is reportedly close to a deal that would keep in the the Bay Area with the Oakland Athletics. Casilla pitched with the A’s from 2004-09. He struggled in Oakland, posting a 5.11 ERA and 1.578 WHIP,..." January 12

  • Changes might come if five players are voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Sporting News "At this point, it might still happen. As of 190 votes known publicly in the Baseball Writers’ Association of America’s 2017 election for the Hall of Fame, Ryan Thibodaux had five players in the running in his vote tracker for the necessary 75 percent: Tim Raines with 91.6 percent of the vote;..." January 11

  • MLB commissioner Rob Manfred meets with Donald Trump at Trump Tower

    SI "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred met with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Tuesday morning, he confirmed to pool reporters in New York. Yankees president Randy Levine was also spotted at the building. “We had a really nice meeting with the President-elect,”..." January 10

  • Nine rising MLB stars who could break out in 2017

    Sporting News "The calendar has finally flipped to 2017, but we all started thinking about the 2017 baseball season long ago. Which teams will surprise? Which teams will disappoint? Which youngsters will, to use overused words, “break out” in 2017? Alex Reyes is almost certainly going to be a star for the..." January 05

  • Could WBC rule open door for more aces? "A long-anticipated World Baseball Classic rule change is official: WBC organizers have created a 10-member "designated pitcher pool," from which national teams may add up to two pitchers following each round of the tournament, a source confirmed to Already, Team USA officials are..." January 05

  • At long last, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens on Cooperstown path

    USA Today "It won’t happen this year. Maybe not next year, either. But it’s finally happening. For the first time since their names first appeared on the ballot in 2013, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens are virtually assured of stepping onto that stage in Cooperstown, N.Y., in the next few years and..." January 03

  • Giants Interested In Jae-Gyun Hwang

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are “showing continued interest” in infielder Jae-gyun Hwang, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network (via Twitter). Hwang, 29, is a free agent who would not require any posting arrangement to acquire. The Korean star has spent much of his career with a different Giants organization —..." January 03

  • Team USA in talks with Madison Bumgarner

    Rotoworld "Team USA has been in touch with Madison Bumgarner about him possibly joining the team sometime after the first round of the World Baseball Classic. Bumgarner turned down the opportunity to pitch in the last WBC in 2013, but he would be quite a weapon to have during the later rounds of the..." January 03

  • In strange market, after Encarnacion, dozen sluggers remain

    Fanrag Sports "If not for the A’s’ surprise late involvement in the Edwin Encarnacion sweepstakes, people close to the situation say the Encarnacion derby might well have dragged into January, meaning the best of a bevy of good-to-excellent sluggers would still be on the market as we hit the new year, with..." December 29

  • If Rob Manfred wants to speed pace of play in MLB games, here's one possible solution

    CBS Sports "As MLB rightfully looks into ways to speed up the pace of play, there's one thing I never see mentioned that I believe specifically is a problem: Excessive player visits to the mound, mostly by the catcher. I started to really think about this during Game 1 of the NLCS, notably during the Cubs'..." December 28

  • Giants sign Morse, Ruggiano to minor-league deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have struck minor-league deals with veteran slugger Michael Morse and outfielder Justin Ruggiano, according to Matt Eddy of Baseball America (via Twitter). Details of their arrangements are not yet known. It’s particularly interesting that the Giants have brought back the 34-year-old..." December 24

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