Giants Rumors & News

  • The terrible Giants need to rebuild and have plenty to offer in trades

    CBS Sports "The San Francisco Giants made the playoffs and won the NL wild card game last year, but that might have obscured the direction things were going. They were 30-42 after the All-Star break. Only the Twins and Phillies won fewer games in the second half. That has continued into this season, as the..." June 26

  • The Giants chemistry is suffering because a guy they all hated is gone

    Hardball Talk "I’ve spent years arguing with people about team chemistry. You know the battle lines on all of that now: people who talk a lot about team chemistry tend to attribute winning or losing to good or bad chemistry, respectively. I tend to think that characterizing chemistry is a retroactive exercise in..." June 26

  • Melancon 'Rubbing Teammates' the Wrong Way

    Fox Sports "Things are different around the San Francisco Giants, and not simply because the three-time World Series champions are on pace to lose 100 games for the first time since 1985. The clubhouse, once populated by outspoken veterans and compelling eccentrics, is quiet to the point of being boring,..." June 26

  • Madison Bumgarner began his rehab assignment yesterday

    Hardball Talk "Giants ace Madison Bumgarner tossed three no-hit innings yesterday in his first minor league rehab start with the Giants’ Arizona Rookie League team. He struck out two and walked a guy, while sitting in the 88-91 m.p.h. range on his fastball. Bumgarner, who is coming back from a sprained left..." June 26

  • Cueto expected to opt out after season

    Fanrag Sports "San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is planning to opt out of his contract at the end of the year, but he would listen to any extension offer. The Giants don’t seem inclined to do that. Cueto has $84 million to go over four years. It would probably take an injury or major..." June 22

  • For Giants, failure to act could be the gravest error in a season full of them

    Yardbarker "If there has been one overused theme so far this season, it's that 2017 is a summer of great parity in Major League Baseball. Or at least, that is the sunny side up, glass half full version angle, because it has been a season where drastic cases of inconsistency and flat-out missed expectations..." June 21

  • Giants pay hefty price for third round draft pick Seth Corry

    KNBR "For the first time since 2007, the San Francisco Giants used their top three draft choices on high school prospects, opting for a pair of power bats and a live left-handed arm with their first three selections. On Tuesday, the Giants were able to get one of those choices under contract, as Jeff..." June 20

  • If the Giants are going to trade Johnny Cueto, they need to deal him right now

    KNBR "After a Thursday evening contest in Atlanta, the San Francisco Giants will head to the airport for a five-hour flight to the west coast that every member of the team should already be dreading, none more so than pitcher Johnny Cueto. But if Cueto is lucky, he won’t be on the Giants’ charter..." June 20

  • Giants To Sign First-Rounder Heliot Ramos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have reached an agreement with first-rounder Heliot Ramos, reports Baseball America’s Hudson Belinsky. A high school outfielder out of Puerto Rico, Ramos will receive the full slot value of $3,101,700 that comes with the No. 19 overall selection. Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, meanwhile, reports..." June 20

  • Hunter Strickland suspension appeal denied

    KNBR "It took nearly a week for Major League Baseball to reach a verdict on Giants’ reliever Hunter Strickland’s suspension appeal, but on Monday, Strickland learned his appeal was denied. According to Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News, Strickland will begin serving his six-game suspension..." June 19

  • Jeff Samardzija blasts longest HR ever recorded by a pitcher

    The Sports Daily "Jeff Samardzija hit a moon shot during Friday night’s game against the Rockies, and it still hasn’t landed yet. Samardzija, who is known for his ability to hit, took a pitch from Antonio Senzatela and crushed the third home run of his career. It traveled 446 feet, farther than any home run..." June 17

  • Giants' Nunez, Posey exit early with leg injuries against Rockies

    CSN Bay Area "Only two Giants veterans have consistently hit over the past month, and both of them were removed from the game in the seventh inning Thursday. A few minutes after Eduardo Nuñez was taken back to the clubhouse, Buster Posey hobbled down the dugout steps with a trainer. Nuñez has been listed as..." June 16

  • MLB has still not ruled on Hunter Strickland’s appeal

    Hardball Talk "It’s been 18 days since the Hunter Strickland-Bryce Harper fracas. Since that time suspensions were issued to both players, with Strickland getting a six game suspension, four for Harper. Harper then appealed his suspension, had it reduced to three games, and served his time. Strickland also..." June 16

  • Baseball is experiencing a home run spike because the balls are juiced

    Hardball Talk "The home run rate in Major League Baseball spiked dramatically in the second half of the 2015 season and has remained on an upward trajectory every since. As a result, we are on pace to shatter the all-time single season home run record in 2017 by over 300 homers. Many people have asked why the..." June 14

  • Madison Bumgarner throws second bullpen session in 3 days, expected to face live hitters

    ESPN "Madison Bumgarner threw off a mound for the second time in three days Sunday, the latest progress in the San Francisco Giants ace's recovery from a left shoulder injury. Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters that Bumgarner was "letting it go" during his 30-pitch session but said he still..." June 12

  • Ranking MLB managers on the hot seat after Cardinals' Matheny dodges bullet

    CBS Sports "On Friday, the St. Louis Cardinals announced some personnel changes designed to right their course following a winless road trip. Manager Mike Matheny was not among those impacted, though many wondered if he was about to be fired leading into the Cardinals' press conference. Matheny has become..." June 11

  • Madison Bumgarner throws bullpen, set for simulated game

    Larry Brown Sports "San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is moving closer to a return. According to John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Bumgarner threw a 20-pitch bullpen session on Friday, and he is slated to throw a simulated game on the team’s next road trip. Bumgarner is working his way back..." June 10

  • Jeff Samardzija has decided to stop walking batters

    ESPN "On April 28, Jeff Samardzija walked San Diego Padres outfielder Jabari Blash on four pitches. The first pitch looked like it caught the outside corner, then the San Francisco Giants right-hander threw two fastballs inside and one outside for ball four. Samardzija didn't walk another batter..." June 10

  • MLB prematurely closes auction for Hunter Strickland brawl jersey

    Yardbarker "The auction for the game-worn jersey of Hunter Strickland during his Memorial Day brawl with Bryce Harper has been abruptly closed. MLB had made Strickland’s San Francisco Giants jersey available in an auction on its online site. The auction began last Thursday and was set to end on Wednesday..." June 08

  • Joe Maddon’s shifts are causing fantasy baseball controversy

    New York Post "Winning a fantasy baseball championship requires a tremendous amount of work. In addition to the countless hours you spend scouting players and doing research for your draft, the in-season management it takes to keep your roster competitive requires your constant attention. You are required to..." June 07

  • Giants acquire former Rangers closer

    CSN Bay Area "With a bullpen in need of another contributor, the Giants are taking a flyer on a huge arm. They acquired right-hander Sam Dyson from the Texas Rangers on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later. The Giants also received undisclosed cash considerations from..." June 07

  • Jake Peavy Plans To Pitch Again, Weighs Midseason Comeback

    MLB Trade Rumors "Right-hander Jake Peavy passed on all of the offers he received this winter due to a desire to remain at home with his four sons and spend time with them in the wake of a divorce, but he definitively tells Alex Speier of the Boston Globe that he will again play professional baseball. Whether he..." June 07

  • Good news for Madison Bumgarner as he continues his throwing program

    San Jose Mercury News "Madison Bumgarner will not appear in a major league game anytime soon. He remains weeks away from testing his injured left shoulder by throwing off a mound. But so far, his rehab is going well. Bumgarner told Giants manager Bruce Bochy that he has encountered no setbacks in the first week of..." June 06

  • Giants activate Hunter Pence from DL, send Christian Arroyo to minors

    ESPN "The San Francisco Giants activated outfielder Hunter Pence from the disabled list on Sunday and optioned rookie infielder Christian Arroyo to Triple-A Sacramento. Pence has been sidelined since May 13 with a left hamstring strain. Arroyo, 22, is hitting .192 with three home runs and 14 RBIs..." June 04

  • Giants Sign Jerry Sands To Minors Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have signed outfielder Jerry Sands to a minor league contract, Mike Ashmore of MyCentralJersey.com reports. Sands had been playing for the independent Somerset Patriots, and the 29-year-old will now head to the Giants’ Double-A affiliate. Sands has only a .670 OPS over 464 plate..." June 03

  • Game-worn apparel from Hunter Strickland-Bryce Harper brawl up for auction

    Sportsnaut "It’s not rare for MLB to put game used apparel up for auction. But some items from the Memorial Day game between the Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants are are up for sale that are sure to grab some attention. The hat that Hunter Strickland wore during the fight, as well as his..." June 03

  • Bringing up the rear: Why is every single Giants minor league team in last place?

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants just concluded May with a 13-16 record – their fifth consecutive losing month. They are 52-75 since the All-Star break last season, good for a .409 winning percentage. Some context: The last time they played an entire season below that clip was 1985, and that squad lost 100..." June 02

  • Does the Giants’ lack of in-house Latin players impact clubhouse chemistry?

    Hardball Talk "Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News has a story about the San Francisco Giants’ minor league woes. All of their affiliates are in last place at the moment and few if any of their prospects are advancing as quickly as the club would like to see. One of the issues Baggarly identifies is the..." June 02

  • Johnny Cueto likely to opt out, could be trade bait

    Yardbarker "San Francisco Giants starter Johnny Cueto is poised to hit the free agent market at season’s end. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Cueto is expected to opt out of his contract after the season, forfeiting $84 million over four years. The expectation is that Cueto would easily eclipse..." June 02

  • Giants' Austin Slater: Set to join Giants on Thursday

    CBS Sports "Slater has joined the Giants on their trip to Philadelphia and will have his contract purchased from Triple-A Fresno on Thursday, Andrew Baggarly of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Slater is probably going to get work in left field with the big club, according to Henry Schulman of the San..." June 01

  • Giants’ Michael Morse sustained concussion in brawl, is placed on disabled list

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants did not emerge from Monday’s brawl unscathed. Moments before Tuesday’s first pitch, the club placed first baseman Michael Morse on the 7-day concussion disabled list and recalled infielder/outfielder Kelby Tomlinson from Triple-A Sacramento. Morse knocked heads with Jeff..." May 31

  • MLB hands down suspensions for Nationals-Giants brawl

    ESPN "Star Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been suspended four games and San Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland six for their involvement in Monday's brawl. Both are appealing. MLB handed down the suspension Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the benches-clearing..." May 30

  • Bryce Harper, Hunter Strickland, Buster Posey: Chapter 2 should be the end

    USA Today "You know it’s coming. There will definitely be retaliation taken Tuesday night by the Washington Nationals when they play the San Francisco Giants. You want to take down one of ours, we’re going to take down one of yours. It may sound like vigilante justice, but it happens to be the code..." May 30

  • Scott Boras: Bryce Harper deserves lesser penalty from Nationals-Giants brawl

    Fox Sports "As the Giants and Nationals await the discipline for Monday’s brawl, agent Scott Boras contends that his client, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper, deserves a lesser penalty than some other players receive when they charge the mound. Boras told FOX Sports on Tuesday that because there had..." May 30

  • Why Madison Bumgarner didn't go on the field during the Harper-Strickland brawl

    CBS Sports "Monday afternoon an otherwise forgettable game between the Nationals and Giants (WAS 3, SF 0) turned unforgettable when Bryce Harper charged the mound. Hunter Strickland drilled him with a fastball in apparent retaliation for a pair of home runs during the 2014 NLDS, and Harper went after..." May 30

  • Giants' Posey stayed out of brawl because it was 'a little dangerous'

    Total Pro Sports "During every brawl in MLB history since the beginning time – When a batter charges the mound, the catcher is right there in pursuit to try and protect his pitcher. Buster Posey was having none of it. When Bryce Harper charged the mound after Hunter Strickland hit him with a fastball, benches..." May 30

  • Madison Bumgarner Expected to Resume Throwing Friday as Part of Injury Rehab

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said ace Madison Bumgarner is expected to begin throwing on Friday as he rehabs from a shoulder strain, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He will then throw five rehab starts once he's ready to resume pitching, per..." May 28

  • It’s not even June, but the San Francisco Giants are probably screwed

    The Comeback "After a 2-0 loss at home to the Atlanta Braves on Friday night, the San Francisco Giants now have a record of 20-30, good for the fourth-worst record in MLB. They’re better than that, and will likely soon play better than that. The Colorado Rockies (32-18) and Arizona Diamondbacks (31-19) are..." May 27

  • Madison Bumgarner to throw off flat ground soon, Bruce Bochy says

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is ready for the next step in his rehab after being sidelined since mid-April following a dirt bike accident in Colorado. Bumgarner, who suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain and is expected to be out until after the July 10-13 All-Star break, should be..." May 27

  • Giants’ Christian Arroyo to the minors? It’s possible

    San Francisco Chronicle "The thought of optioning infielder Christian Arroyo to the minors would have seemed heretical as recently as Saturday, when he won a 13-inning game with a two-run double on the 12th pitch of an at-bat. Problem is, Arroyo is 6-for-49 with 12 strikeouts in his past 13 games, and a trip to Triple-A..." May 26

  • Giants' Johnny Cueto dealing with two blisters on pitching hand

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto said Tuesday night that a pair of blisters weren't to blame for a 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. "It's not an excuse," Cueto told reporters afterward. "I was getting hit." He allowed four runs on five hits in six innings,..." May 24

  • Buster Posey on argument with Brandon Belt: “That’s something we’ll handle together”

    San Jose Mercury News "What exactly was going on between Buster Posey and Brandon Belt in the handshake line after the Giants’ 3-1, 13-inning victory Saturday night? Posey and Belt appeared to stare down one another. Then Posey scowled and appeared to snap at Belt. Posey also spent a moment looking upset while..." May 22

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • 2017-18 MLB Free Agent Power Rankings

    MLB Trade Rumors "About 24% of the MLB regular season is in the books. The Astros, Yankees, and Nationals currently reign supreme. Familiar names Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Chris Sale top the WAR leaderboards. Though we’re only in mid-May, there’s a subset of players who can’t help but look ahead: those..." May 18

  • Blach pitches Giants to win over Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Pitchers keep giving the Giants quality starts, and San Francisco is responding with quality wins. The Giants were at it again on Tuesday, manufacturing the go-ahead run to support another strong pitching performance, and it all added up to a fifth straight victory, 2-1 over..." May 17

  • Giants to activate Mark Melancon from 10-day disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants will be activating closer Mark Melancon ahead of their Wednesday afternoon matchup against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, according to a report from Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area. However, Gutierrez added that the Giants have yet to make a corresponding roster move..." May 17

  • Giants set date for Bonds Wall of Fame ceremony

    San Francisco Chronicle "Nearly 10 years after he played his final major-league game, the Giants finally set a date to enshrine Barry Bonds on their Wall of Fame. The club announced Wednesday that Bonds will get a plaque on the brick wall on Saturday July 8, at 3:30 p.m., before a game against the Miami..." May 17

  • Giants beat Dodgers for fourth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The last time the Los Angeles Dodgers visited AT&T Park, they scored a key run on a sacrifice fly to the San Francisco Giants' first baseman. The Giants got even -- and then some -- on Monday night. Matt Cain pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and the Giants..." May 16

  • Rangers Sign Drew Stubbs

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have reached a minor-league deal with outfielder Drew Stubbs, per a cub announcement. The 32-year-old will report to Triple-A Round Rock. Stubbs was recently cut loose by the Giants after a ten-game run. He has seen a variety of similarly short stints over the past two seasons —..." May 16

  • Giants place Hunter Pence on disabled list

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants will be without Hunter Pence for the next stretch of games after placing the right fielder on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain on Monday. San Francisco called up outfielder Mac Williamson to fill his place on the 25-man roster. " May 15