Hardball Talk "Mark Mulder is 36 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, but that isn’t stopping him from seeking a major-league contract in his comeback attempt. San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean dropped that tidbit on reporters today while explaining why the Giants haven’t signed..." December 17
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
Hardball Talk "Looking to get his career back on track following a terrible season split between two teams, Michael Morse has agreed to a one-year deal with the Giants. Morse got off to a great start this year, but then hit just .201 with five homers and a .584 OPS in 64 games after May 1 while missing time..." December 12
CSN Bay Area "It’s not uncommon for an unsigned ballplayer or two to stroll the lobby at the Winter Meetings, hoping to find a spring training locker. But don’t expect to bump into Barry Zito in front of the towering Christmas Tree at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort. Right now, the only opportunity..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
San Francisco Chronicle "When it comes to free agency, the Giants take care of their own. Pablo Sandoval could be the latest to benefit from the team's loyalty. The Giants committed $166 million to four of their players due to be free agents this winter, but Sandoval was perceived to be a different case, if only..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
CBSSports.com "There is "lots of interest" in 23-year-old Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. He is eligible to sign on Feb. 19 after being suspended a year for falsifying his age. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals and Braves were among the teams with a "large..." December 09
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
CBSSports.com "Four Giants minor-league prospects were injured, among others, in a traffic accident Tuesday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., per multiple reports (sfgate.com). The players were riding in a van that was carrying 11 people and left a hotel around 8 a.m. local time, heading toward the Giants..." December 03
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
CSN Bay Area "The Giants traded catcher Johnny Monell to the Baltimore Orioles for cash considerations on Saturday, the team announced. Monell, 27, was designated for assignment on Wednesday. He made nine plate appearances in eight games last season, collecting one hit, one RBI and two runs. " December 01
CSN Bay Area "Ryan Vogelsong will be back for another year with the Giants, as multiple reports indicate the two sides agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical, on Friday morning. Vogelsong, 36, is coming off a down year with the Giants in which he missed close to 12 weeks with a fractured hand. He..." November 29
I'm hearing the #sfgiants are moving toward a deal to re-sign starter Ryan Vogelsong.
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
#SFGiants officially re-sign LHP Javier Lopez to a 3-year contract.
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
CSN Bay Area "The Giants have an agreement in place with left-hander Javier Lopez for three years and $13 million pending a physical, sources confirmed on Thursday. Lopez, 36, was coming off a two-year, $8.5 million deal. He gets an ever so slight bump ($4.33 million from $4.25 million) in salary. It’s the..." November 22
Source: #SFGiants agree with LHP Javier Lopez on three-year, $13M free-agent contract. Just working through guaranteed language.
hearing the javier lopez #SFGiants deal will be for 3 yrs once done. not done yet, but SF peeps said likely yest.
Bay Area Sports Guy "Yesterday Brian Sabean said the San Francisco Giants were close to bringing back Javier Lopez, and we’re hearing the deal is close to being official: three years for $13 million. Lopez, 36, made $4.25 million in each of his last two seasons, so this isn’t much of a raise in terms of average..." November 20
"Bronson Arroyo is not out of our picture" after the signing of Tim Hudson according to Giants AGM Bobby Evans
Source: #SFGiants close on multi-year deal with J. Lopez. Sabean told reporters today that sides were “fully engaged.” Just details now.
Sabean said Giants are engaged with Vogelsong and have "other feelers" out there. If Vogey returns, they wouldn't sign another starter.
Hudson had screw removed from ankle last week, said he's right on track to have a normal spring training. #SFGiants
Sabean said they've "pretty much moved past" Tanaka. Hopes to have Lopez signed soon, said sides are "fully engaged."
CSN Bay Area "Tim Hudson leads all active major league pitchers with 205 career victories. Count on his next one coming in a Giants uniform. The Giants wanted three attributes as they shopped for their rotation: experience, durability and the willingness to put pen to contract. They convinced Hudson to make..." November 19
Hudson on #Braves: "It was tough leaving. The fans there supported me and my family like crazy. And some of the best teammates in the world"
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
Fansided "In recent weeks, we’ve heard that teams have been calling the San Francisco Giants, hoping to swing a trade for the talented though physically unfit Pablo Sandoval. But despite the interest, reports have surfaced suggesting that the Giants aren’t open to dealing their third baseman, however, Nick..." November 17
Source: #SFGiants offering Nolasco three years.
Hardball Talk "Javier Lopez has been linked to several contending teams looking for left-handed bullpen help and the latest is the Yankees, with Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger reporting that the two sides have “mutual interest.” Lopez would replace fellow free agent Boone Logan as the Yankees’..." November 15
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.