Giants Rumors & News

  • Giants tab Madison Bumgarner to start Opening Day

    CBS Sports "Bumgarner will start the Giants' Opening Day matchup with the Dodgers, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. This comes as no surprise, as "MadBum" continues to be one of the top pitchers in all of baseball. Bumgarner was limited a bit last year due to injuries, but he still managed to..." February 22

  • Giants GM: Mutual interest in extension with MadBum

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants are keenly aware their prized pitcher Madison Bumgarner is inching closer to free agency. General manager Bobby Evans said there's "mutual interest" in an extension to keep Bumgarner in San Francisco long term, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, though they aren't..." February 21

  • Giants legend Cepeda in critical condition following cardiac incident

    NBC Bay Area "San Francisco Giants legend Orlando Cepeda is in critical condition after being rushed to the hospital Monday due to a "cardiac incident," the team announced Wednesday. The Hall of Famer is receiving care at an unknown Bay Area hospital, according to the team. Cepeda, 80, recently sat down..." February 21

  • Report: MLB floating idea of letting trailing team bat anyone they want in 9th inning

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has been searching for ways in recent years to improve pace of play and inject more drama into games, but one idea that an MLB executive floated this week seems downright preposterous. During Tuesday’s edition of “The Rich Eisen Show,” Eisen revealed that he was told by an..." February 21

  • Giants designate RHP Joan Gregorio for assignment

    Yardbarker "The Giants have designated right-hander Joan Gregorio for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Tony Watson, whose contract with San Francisco is now official (Twitter link via Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area). Gregorio, 26, has yet to reach the majors and missed the second..." February 19

  • Evan Longoria: “I just kind of feel sorry for the Rays fan base.”

    Hardball Talk "The Rays were busy over the weekend, trading starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, designating All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment, and then picking up C.J. Cron in a deal with the Angels. The Rays saved about $4 million — Odorizzi’s $6.3 million less Cron’s $2.3 million salary — and..." February 18

  • Giants adding reliever Tony Watson

    San Francisco Gate "The Giants are upgrading their bullpen with the addition of left-hander Tony Watson, who posted a 3.38 ERA for the Pirates and Dodgers last season. The Giants have been looking to deepen their relief corps, especially from the left side, while attempting to stay under the $197 million threshold..." February 17

  • Giants GM interested in bringing back Lincecum

    NBC Sports "Three years after Tim Lincecum last pitched for them, the Giants still quietly keep No. 55 on the off-limits list. None of the 58 players in camp are wearing it, but some at Scottsdale Stadium have considered the possibility of returning it to the original owner. The Giants were in attendance..." February 16

  • Scott Boras remains patient, but he and his free agents are really testing the limit

    New York Daily News "It’s three days into spring training, with full squads reporting in five days — does Scott Boras know where his free agents’ teams are? Baseball’s Avenging Agent is accustomed to playing the waiting game, even into March, and when it comes to getting the richest contracts for his clients,..." February 16

  • Brian Sabean “Will Be More Involved” In Running Giants In 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "Brian Sabean, the long-time top baseball operations executive for the Giants, tells Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic (subscription link) that he “will be more involved” at the major-league level during the coming season. There’s no substitute for reading the piece in its entirety, but we’ll cover..." February 16

  • Giants’ Johnny Cueto ready for a normal camp after wisely deciding to stay

    San Francisco Gate "Outside, on a cloudy afternoon, Johnny Cueto played catch with Nick Hundley in right field. Inside the clubhouse, Cueto regaled listeners with tales of riding horses and feeding 400 chickens at his ranch in the Dominican Republic. He laughed at the thought of being another Madison..." February 15

  • Mets want Giants second baseman Joe Panik but aren't willing to trade Juan Lagares: source

    New York Daily News "The Mets covet Joe Panik. They discussed working out a deal for the Giants’ All-Star second baseman internally this winter, a front office source said. The Giants need a center fielder and they — and other teams — have expressed interest in former Gold Glove center fielder Juan Lagares. But,..." February 15

  • Pablo Sandoval ready to embrace backup role after Longoria trade

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Pablo Sandoval was heard before he was seen on Wednesday morning, and that’s the way he likes it. “Every time I get in the clubhouse I’m the loudest guy,” he said. “I try to keep these guys loose.” Sandoval made his rounds on the first day of workouts at Scottsdale Stadium, chatting with..." February 14

  • Club exec: Front-office staffer was asked to leave workout at free-agent camp

    The Score "The Major League Baseball Players Association announced earlier this week that media members won't be allowed at the union's free-agent training camp in Bradenton, Fla., and it doesn't look like front-office executives are welcome at IMG Academy, either. On Wednesday, a general manager's..." February 14

  • Giants in ‘serious contract talks’ with Tony Watson [report]

    KNBR "Watson first reached the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011. After three years, his best came in 2014, where he held a 10-2 record with a 1.63 ERA in 77.1 innings pitched over 78 games. He went on to put up a 1.91 ERA the following year in roughly the same amount of work. Last..." February 13

  • Lawsuit: Baseball Agency Made Under-The-Table Payments To Players, Helped Provide Them PEDs

    Deadspin "ACES Baseball Agency is being sued by a former associate, Juan Carlos Nuñez, who says his former bosses encouraged him to make under-the-table payments to players and their families as well as help clients get steroids for bigger contracts. The lawsuit was filed today in New York State Supreme..." February 13

  • The Montreal Expos Can Fix Baseball’s Free Agency Problem

    Uproxx "The World Series was pretty great for the second year in a row, and we’re in the middle of a dinger golden age. Is baseball great? You bet. But it’s very possible that the sport is also broken on some level. Some of the principals seem to think so, especially when it comes to the economics of the..." February 12

  • Madison Bumgarner is in the best shape of his life

    Hardball Talk "Add Giants starter Madison Bumgarner to the list of players entering the 2018 season in the best shape of their lives. On Friday, Bumgarner told reporters, including’s Chris Haft, that he exercised with greater intensity and frequency this offseason. As a result, Bumgarner said, “I feel as..." February 11

  • Giants monitoring former ace Tim Lincecum

    Fanrag Sports "The San Francisco Giants have been monitoring former Giants legend Tim Lincecum‘s pitching progress for a couple weeks and are expected to join several other teams when Lincecum has a showcase for teams in Seattle on Thursday as he attempts a comeback. Reports have suggested Lincecum has been..." February 11

  • Posey eager to play with new-look Giants "Buster Posey's equal appreciation for the old and the new has stoked his optimism as baseball's new season approaches. In short, he's ready for a fresh start. Posey, who will report with Giants pitchers and catchers to Spring Training on Tuesday, thanked management for holding onto the..." February 11

  • Andrew McCutchen a big fan of Giants’ uniforms

    Larry Brown Sports "Andrew McCutchen is looking forward to putting on his new duds. McCutchen spent his entire career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the San Francisco Giants this offseason. He’ll be trading in Pittsburgh’s black and yellow for the orange of the Giants. The former NL MVP said at..." February 10

  • Giants, Derek Holland Reportedly Agree To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants are in agreement with left-hander Derek Holland on a minor league contract, reports Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News (via Twitter). Presumably, he’ll compete for a roster spot in big league camp this spring. Holland, 31, spent the bulk of the 2017 season with the White Sox,..." February 09

  • Scott Boras not sending his clients to MLBPA spring training

    Larry Brown Sports "If the MLBPA does end up organizing its own spring training for players who remain unsigned, some of the top free agents on the market will not be attending. On Thursday, Scott Boras told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that he is not planning to send any of his clients to a free agent camp. At this..." February 08

  • MLB blames agents for overpricing their free agent clients

    Larry Brown Sports "The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement on Tuesday ripping teams for their supposed concerted effort to drive down the price of free agents, and the league returned fire shortly thereafter. After MLBPA executive director Tony Clark accused MLB teams of engaging in a..." February 06

  • Tony Clark says teams’ failure to sign free agents “threatens the very integrity of the game”

    Hardball Talk "As spring training gets closer and closer, nearly 100 free agents remain unsigned, including several that were expected to land big paydays this offseason. As the weeks have worn on, player discontent has grown palpable, exhibiting itself via various statements from agents which, increasingly,..." February 06

  • Giants to retire No. 25 jersey of Barry Bonds in August

    ESPN "The San Francisco Giants will retire the No. 25 of Barry Bonds this season, the team announced Tuesday. The number will be retired on Aug. 11, 2018, when the Giants host the Pittsburgh Pirates. " February 06

  • MLB Players union didn’t take long to back off ridiculous threat

    New York Post "The lamest threat in baseball history died a quick death Sunday afternoon. No, the players won’t be boycotting spring training, the Players Association clarified in a statement, refuting the words of its own star agent Brodie Van Wagenen. “Recent press reports have erroneously suggested that..." February 05

  • MLB is reportedly considering bringing back bullpen carts to improve pace of play

    CBS Sports "One of the ongoing storylines of baseball's offseason centers around the league's desire to improve pace of play. Earlier Thursday, word surfaced that commissioner Rob Manfred had proposed some alterations to the players -- including the chance to delay or put off a pitch clock. The players..." February 02

  • Scott Boras continues to hold up the MLB free-agent market, but will he blink first?

    New York Daily News "Is this the year Scott Boras fails to pull a rabbit out of a hat? Or three or four rabbits, to be precise? Yes, January has come and gone and, remarkably, baseball’s big free-agent freeze hasn’t even begun to melt. Spring training begins in less than two weeks and you can still field something..." February 01

  • Giants sign infielder Andres Blanco to minor-league deal

    San Francisco Gate "The Giants are cornering the market on Blancos, signing outfielder Gregor Blanco to a minor-league deal Monday and doing the same Tuesday with infielder Andres Blanco. Andres Blanco, 33, signed for $1.1 million, and he can earn another $400,000 in incentives, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag..." January 30

  • Report: MLB recording dugout phone conversations to eliminate sign stealing

    12 Up "Yes, the MLB is actually ready to go this far. ​Last season, sign stealing became a big issue during a rivalry series between the ​New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox. New York claimed that a staff member for the Red Sox was passing information from the video room to the players through the..." January 30

  • Giants To Sign Gregor Blanco To Minor-League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants and Gregor Blanco have agreed to terms on a contract that will bring the outfielder back to San Francisco. Blanco himself announced the reunion on his Instagram account. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports that it’s a minor-league deal. Blanco, 34, will return to a Giants team with..." January 29

  • MLB now going out of its way to celebrate bat-flip immodesty

    New York Post "Even in January, “The Game has changed.” That’s the standard rationalization/half-explanation to a full one that, if completed, defies sense. Even now, when the NFL has about completed another season of trying to wring every last vestige of the sport from its sport — Vince Lombardi is rolling..." January 29

  • Could Giants make a run at Bryce Harper next winter?

    Fanrag Sports "Could the San Francisco Giants be a surprise spot for Bryce Harper? As was mentioned in this space last week, the Nationals, Yankees, Dodgers and Phillies are seen as among the favorites for Harper, while the Cubs may not be quite the likely landing spot that folks perceive. But what about..." January 27

  • Report: Remaining free agents considering starting free agent spring training camp

    Hardball Talk "Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a couple of interesting pieces of information in his latest column. The first is that some of the remaining free agents — of which there are many — are considering starting their own spring training camp. The second is that the MLBPA is investigating whether or not..." January 26

  • Scott Boras Rips MLB, Says League Must Fix 'Noncompetitive Cancer'

    Bleacher Report "Prominent sports agent Scott Boras ripped Major League Baseball for allowing teams to tank seasons in order to acquire high draft picks and top prospects. Boras, whose clients have been impacted by a sluggish free-agent market during the current MLB offseason, referenced the 1919 Chicago White..." January 25

  • Giants Still Monitoring Outfield Market, Don’t Plan To Exceed Luxury Tax Barrier

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants shored up their outfield mix with yesterday’s addition of Austin Jackson on a two-year, $6MM contract — threading the luxury tax needle by adding a veteran that serves as an upgrade while still squeezing in just south of the $197MM barrier. That doesn’t leave much room for further..." January 24

  • Source: Chris Heston returns to Giants

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A familiar face could help provide starting pitching depth for the Giants next season. Right-hander Chris Heston has signed a minor league deal with the organization, per a source, returning three years after his breakthrough season in orange and black. Heston posted a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts in..." January 24

  • Giants add Austin Jackson to re-tooled outfield

    Sporting News "The Giants have been one of the busiest teams this offseason, and they continued their activity Monday by signing outfielder Austin Jackson to a two-year deal. The contract is worth $6 million, but could reach as much as $8.5 million, according to MLB reporter Jon Heyman. "We are excited..." January 22

  • Top 100 MLB Prospects 2018

    Baseball America "Baseball America’s Top 100 MLB Prospects is the natural demarcation between one season to another. Countless conversations with scouts, coaches and team officials as well as many road trips over the past year lead to this list. And as soon as we put it in your hands, we begin working toward..." January 22

  • The best way to fix MLB’s pace of play problems

    New York Post "You want to improve the pace of play in the majors, then remove the smart off-field people from impacting the action. Notice the word “action.” Overwhelming sentiment is that hitters and pitches are not slowing down the game nearly as much as smart people are by feeding more information to..." January 22

  • Finding A Center Fielder For The Giants

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants’ acquisitions of Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria have added a pair of offensive upgrades to their lineup, but the team is still facing a glaring hole in center field. Improving the outfield, both offensively and defensively, has been a long-stated goal of GM Bobby Evans and executive..." January 20

  • Cubs catcher clarifies remarks that angered Yadier Molina

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras stirred up some drama last week with some comments about himself and his veteran counterparts at the position, but now he is taking time to clarify his remarks. In a recent interview with Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Contreras said that he no..." January 18

  • Yadier Molina Responds to Willson Contreras' Confident Comments in Latest Instagram

    12 Up "Having confidence as a young player in the MLB is a good thing. However, when you start claiming that you'll be better than the guys who have already proven themselves in the league over and over again, that's a problem. Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras claimed that he's going to be..." January 17

  • Cubs’ catcher Wilson Contreras: ‘I know that I’m going to be better’ than Buster Posey, Yadier Molina

    KNBR "Wilson Contreras has played in just 193 Major League games, and this year, the Chicago Cubs’ catcher will turn 26 years old. While Contreras has performed well at the plate to this point in his career, he hasn’t exactly established himself as one of baseball’s elite catchers. Contreras, though,..." January 17

  • Top MLB free agent reportedly willing to sit out until midseason in order to get fair deal

    CBS Sports "Baseball's offseason has been slow and boring, with many of the top free agents remaining unsigned, just weeks before spring training is set to begin. Yahoo Sports Jeff Passan took a deep dive into what's slowing the market -- including the idea of collusion, as well as Tony Clark and the..." January 17

  • Do the players even care about money anymore?

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday I wrote about how the union has come to find itself in the extraordinarily weak position it’s in. The upshot: their leadership and their membership, happily wealthy by virtue of gains realized in the 1970s-1990s, has chosen to focus on small, day-to-day, quality of life issues rather..." January 17

  • Mets passed at the chance to trade for Andrew McCutchen

    CBS Sports "On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded franchise cornerstone Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants as part of a three-player deal. But before the Pirates and Giants reached an agreement -- and before the New York Mets signed Jay Bruce -- the Pirates and Mets discussed a potential swap for..." January 16

  • Bochy says McCutchen will play RF

    KNBR "It appears we now have an answer to where recently acquired outfielder Andrew McCutchen will play in AT&T Park. McCutchen will be in centerfield as he has for much of his career, and will instead play a corner outfield spot — likely right field — according to reports from Buster Olney and Alex..." January 16

  • Giants still have work to do even after adding Longoria, McCutchen

    CBS Sports "With Spring Training only four weeks away, no team has done more to improve their roster this offseason than the San Francisco Giants. They went 64-98 last season, tied for the worst record in baseball, and they've responded by adding Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen this winter. If nothing..." January 16

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