Giants Rumors & News

  • 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 BeisbolPorGotas.com (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?

    MLB.com "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 MLB.com. 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

  • Why 38-year-old Jimmy Rollins just couldn’t say no to more baseball

    Fox Sports "My first question to Jimmy Rollins was, “Why?” Why sign a minor-league contract with the San Francisco Giants? Why settle for a chance to make the team as a mere utility player? Why not just retire? Rollins, 38, began talking. As he spoke, it became clear that while he was fully aware of his..." December 23

  • Arenado, Arrieta among top 15 contract extension candidates for 2017

    CBS Sports "The new year is right around the corner, and once the calendar flips over to 2017, baseball will enter extension season. January is when teams start to get serious about signing their arbitration-eligible players, and, inevitably, several of those players wind up signing long-term..." December 22

  • MLB Hall of Fame: Bonds, Clemens, Martinez, Raines all closer to getting in

    CBS Sports "As 2016 winds down, Hall of Fame season is still in full swing. Ballots must be postmarked by Dec. 31. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will be announced Jan. 18. There are 34 players on this year's ballot, including 15 holdovers from last year. Players must received 75 percent of the vote for..." December 20

  • Jimmy Rollins signs a minor league deal with the Giants

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins has signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants. Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. He was released in June..." December 19

  • Record 6 MLB teams to pay luxury tax

    Chicago Tribune "A record six teams are paying baseball's luxury tax this season, led by the Los Angeles Dodgers at $31.8 million and the New York Yankees at $27.4 million. Boston ($4.5 million), Detroit ($4 million), San Francisco ($3.4 million) and the World Series champion Chicago Cubs ($2.96 million) also..." December 17

  • Joe Buck eyeing the end of his baseball broadcasting after Fox commitment expires

    Awful Announcing "Fans who don’t think Joe Buck does a good job calling baseball games on Fox and would prefer to see him replaced might get their wish sooner than they realize. During a long Q&A with 590 The Fan’s Tim McKiernan at The Improv Shop in St. Louis Tuesday night, Buck was asked about remarks he made..." December 17

  • Angels pitcher Huston Street: Rookie dress-up is a healthy team-building ritual

    New York Daily News "First off it is literally impossible to answer this question without someone getting offended, but I am going to try and take an objective approach. I am not arguing for bullying because that’s not what this is. I’m not arguing for purposely offensive behavior because that’s not even close to..." December 15

  • Only one MLB owner voted against the new CBA

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that the new collective bargaining agreement was officially ratified on Tuesday night, meaning there's no threat of a work stoppage in baseball for the next five years. An interesting tidbit? The owners vote was 29-1. One team was not in favor of the..." December 14

  • The best trade partners for rebuilding White Sox's top players

    CBS Sports "At the Winter Meetings last week, the White Sox finally took the plunge and decided to become sellers. GM Rick Hahn was given the green light to trade veterans for prospects, so he traded Chris Sale and Adam Eaton in separate deals that landed the ChiSox their Nos. 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 prospects,..." December 14

  • Owners ratify new Collective Bargaining Agreement 29-1

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press is reporting that baseball owners have ratified the new Collective Bargaining Agreement by a 29-1 vote, conducted over telephone. No official announcement of the vote has been made and no public confirmation of the breakdown of the vote should be expected, but the AP’s..." December 14

  • 2017 Competitive Balance Draft Pick Order

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has set the order of the competitive balance component of the 2017 draft, per MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo. That establishes a new overall draft order, though remaining outcomes on players who declined qualifying offers will serve to modify the final slate. As Mayo explains,..." December 13

  • MLB's new anti-hazing policy bans dressing players as women

    CBS Sports "An overlooked aspect of the new collective bargaining agreement was the formation of an anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy. For the most part, nobody knew what that policy entailed. Now, thanks to an Associated Press report on Monday night, we have a better idea: The policy, obtained by..." December 13

  • 9 MLB contenders that still have glaring holes on their rosters

    Fox Sports "The Winter Meetings featured a flurry of activity, but the trip to Maryland wasn’t one-stop shopping for every major-league team. Unlike holiday shoppers -- who are down a dozen shopping days until Dec. 25 – MLB teams still have about two months before spring training. Therefore, there is..." December 12

  • Giants looking to add power, have checked in on Mark Reynolds

    KNBR "With the Giants $5 million over the luxury tax following the signing of new closer Mark Melancon, general manager Bobby Evans has said the team is unlikely to make any more big multi-year signings this offseason. While another splash might not be on the horizon, San Francisco is still looking..." December 11

  • Giants' Ramiro Pena: Inks minor league deal with Giants

    CBS Sports "Pena agreed to minor league deal with the Giants on Thursday that includes an invite to spring training, CSN Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic reports." December 08

  • Giants trade Chris Heston to Mariners

    CSN Bay Area "Faced with a crowded depth chart and a need for a roster spot, the Giants shipped right-hander Chris Heston to Seattle on Wednesday night. The Mariners announced the deal shortly after 7pm PT on Wednesday. Heston, who made 31 starts and threw a no-hitter for the Giants in 2015, would have..." December 08

  • Giants plan to go young in the bullpen behind Mark Melancon

    CBS Sports "The San Francisco Giants are planning to go young in the bullpen behind new closer Mark Melancon. With Melancon now anchoring the ninth inning, the Giants will reportedly allow several longtime members of their bullpen leave as free agents this offseason. They're essentially overhauling the..." December 07

  • 2016 postseason playoff shares announced

    Hardball Talk "There used to be a time when postseason money was bigger than most players’ actual salaries. Winning a pennant in baseball’s Golden Age was great for its own sake, but if you were one of the guys who hung around with, say, the Yankees for a long time like Frank Crosetti, the money was basically..." December 07

  • Mark Melancon eager to join Giants after scouting report from Ryan Vogelsong

    San Jose Mercury News "Though he spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates, pitcher Ryan Vogelsong spoke often about how much he enjoyed his time in the Giants organization. His teammate, Mark Melancon, was listening. And when it came time to sign his free-agent deal, the one-time Pirates closer recalled..." December 06

  • MLB smashed revenue record, close to $10 billion in 2016

    Sportsnaut "The 2016 calendar year has been successful for Major League Baseball. In fact, 2016 has already been the most successful financial year MLB has ever seen. “Major League Baseball continues to grow at a phenomenal rate around its business,” Maury Brown of Forbes reported. “As the calendar year..." December 05

  • Giants, Mark Melancon agree to deal

    SI "The San Francisco Giants and right-handed reliever Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal to be the team's next closer, according to ESPN's Buster Olney. The deal is pending a physical. Melancon is coming off a season in which he recorded 47 saves, which was the second most in the Major Leagues,..." December 05

  • Pitcher/slugger Shohei Otani weighing MLB move for 2018

    ESPN "Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani says he could move to Major League Baseball after the 2017 season. The 22-year-old right-hander, who has also shown potential as a hitter, signed a $2.37 million contract for next season with the Nippon Ham Fighters on Monday. Otani will not become eligible for..." December 05

  • Under Armour to become MLB’s official uniform provider in 2020

    Hardball Talk "This is interesting. Majestic Athletic has been baseball’s official uniform provider for decades, with its relationship with Major League Baseball dating back to the early 80s when it started providing batting practice jerseys. But that’s going to end after three more season. As CNBC’s Jessica..." December 05

  • Bud Selig elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Bud Selig, who evolved from a young, avid fan to founding owner of the Milwaukee Brewers to consensus-building commissioner during a life devoted to baseball, reached the pinnacle of the game Sunday evening. Selig was elected for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., by..." December 04

  • Giants, Nationals make 4-year offers to Melancon

    KNBR "After blowing a league high 30 saves last season, Giants general manager Bobby Evans has made it clear time and again this offseason that finding a closer is priority number one. It would appear Evans finally has his target, with Jon Heyman of MLB Network reporting on Saturday evening that the..." December 04

  • Giants reportedly looking at J.D. Martinez

    CBS Sports "As the Winter Meetings approach, the Tigers are expected to be one of the most aggressive teams in terms of selling off some veteran talent. Among the names bandied about in the rumor mill is power-hitting outfielder J.D. Martinez. It makes sense, as he surely has great value as a slugger and is..." December 03

  • Will Giants close the deal on a closer at winter meetings?

    San Jose Mercury News "A year ago, the Giants made two major moves in December, signing starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Johnny Cueto to rich free agent contracts. It helped get them back into the playoffs in 2016, but they ultimately fell short of their even-year pattern of winning the World Series. They know..." December 02

  • Why the new CBA will keep Japanese phenom Shohei Otani from coming to MLB

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement. The new CBA -- which still has to be ratified by both sides -- will introduce some wrinkles to the international free-agent signing system. As it turns out, those..." December 01

  • MLB bans smokeless chewing tobacco for new players in new CBA

    CBS Sports "On Wednesday night, Major League Baseball and the players union reached a verbal agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement-- one that will cover the next five years. One of the most interesting aspects of the new CBA is the decision to ban chewing tobacco. Here are the details,..." December 01

  • All-Star Game will no longer determine home-field advantage in the World Series

    Hardball Talk "The Associated Press reported early Thursday morning that, as a part of the new collective bargaining agreement, home-field advantage in the World Series will no longer be determined by the All-Star Game. Home-field advantage will now be awarded to the pennant winner with the better regular season..." December 01

  • MLB, MLBPA Agree To New Collective Bargaining Agreement

    MLB Trade Rumors "The league and union have announced a “tentative five-year labor agreement,” noting that “the parties continue to draft” the final deal. 7:47pm: Major League Baseball and the MLB Player’s Association have reached agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of..." December 01

  • No lockout vote scheduled yet for Wednesday as MLB's labor deal nears expiration

    ESPN "Even as the clock ticked down toward the midnight expiration of Major League Baseball's labor agreement and a potential work stoppage, MLB had yet to schedule a lockout vote by owners, sources told ESPN late Wednesday afternoon. While that was viewed by people around the sport as another..." November 30

  • MLB, union can’t afford to ruin 20-plus years of labor peace

    New York Post "Would Major League Baseball, in the wake of a highly successful season that culminated in a World Series for the ages, actually turn off its lights and shut its doors? Wednesday marks the first last chance to avoid such an unforeseen blow. The game’s collective bargaining agreement..." November 30

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