Giants Rumors & News

  • Giants' Hunter Strickland to Undergo Surgery for Hand Injury After Punching Door

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland reportedly punched a door after blowing a save Monday night against the Miami Marlins, fracturing his pitching hand in the process, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.  Strickland will require..." June 19

  • Giants Re-Sign Jose Valdez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have re-signed right-hander Jose Valdez after releasing him recently, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports as part of his latest roundup of the league’s minor transactions. Valdez was designated for assignment back on June when the Giants activated Mark Melancon from the..." June 18

  • Giants' Brandon Crawford: Hits paternity list, will miss three games

    CBS Sports "Crawford flew to Arizona following Sunday's win over the Dodgers to be with his wife for the birth of their fourth child. He will miss the allotted three games before rejoining the club, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. Fantasy owners will have to make do without..." June 18

  • No. 2 overall pick Bart among Giants' signees "The Giants announced on Sunday that they have signed the second overall selection in this year's MLB Draft, catcher Joey Bart, bringing their total of signed draftees to 32, including 23 of their first 25 selections and 29 of their first 33. Bart's deal is worth $7.025 million,..." June 17

  • Jeff Samardzija on schedule to return to Giants’ rotation soon

    Larry Brown Sports "Jeff Samardzija is on schedule to return to the San Francisco Giants’ rotation soon. Giants manager Bruce Bochy spoke with the media before Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers and provided an update on Shark. Bochy said Samardzija’s velocity was up during..." June 17

  • Giants Activate Brandon Belt

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have activated Brandon Belt from the 10-day disabled list, as Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports was among those to report. Right-hander Pierce Johnson was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the active roster. " June 16

  • Evan Longoria to Have Surgery on Hand Injury; Expected to Miss 6-8 Weeks

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria confirmed Saturday that he will have surgery on his fractured left hand Tuesday, according to's Chris Haft. The surgery is expected to sideline Longoria between six and eight weeks, but Longoria told reporters he "wants..." June 16

  • Major League Baseball attendance continues to fall

    Hardball Talk "The owners meetings wrapped up today and, while there wasn’t much in the way of actual decisions and high-level news to speak of, Eric Fisher of Sports Business Journal saysthat, according to Rob Manfred, attendance is down 7% this year compared to last year. While..." June 15

  • MLB Rumors: League Concerned Home Run Derby Won’t Be ‘Star-Studded’

    NESN "The Home Run Derby is just over a month away and Major League Baseball fans already know a few players who won’t be participating. Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts voiced a strong “hell no” when asked if he had any interest in the event, while J.D...." June 15

  • Evan Longoria has a fractured fifth metacarpal

    Hardball Talk "John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Giants third baseman Evan Longoria has a fractured fifth metacarpal. He is certainly headed to the disabled list. Though the Giants haven’t yet announced a timetable, it’s the same injury suffered by Madison..." June 14

  • Giants close to making 2nd overall draft pick Joey Bart signing official

    San Francisco Gate "The day the Giants drafted Joey Bart with the second overall pick, the Georgia Tech catcher said he’d like to begin his pro career quickly, and he’ll get his wish. The signing is expected to be announced as early as Friday, after Bart passes a physical in Arizona...." June 14

  • Another problem with these baseballs? Evidently some are warped

    WEEI Boston "Baseballs have been a huge topic of late. The actual piece of equipment used by Major League Baseball has come under intense scrutiny since the rise in home runs over the past two years. MLB implemented its own independent investigation, finding a change in aerodynamic..." June 13

  • Giants’ Evan Longoria trying to regain defensive form

    San Francisco Gate "Evan Longoria won his third Gold Glove in 2017 but hasn’t been defending up to par in his first season with the Giants. “I just haven’t played all that great defensively,” he said Tuesday. “I don’t have an excuse for it. I’ve just got to..." June 13

  • Madison Bumgarner ejected for first time in his career

    Hardball Talk "Unhappy with home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak’s strike zone, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner had some words on his way back to the dugout after being taken out of the game in the sixth inning. That earned Bumgarner his first career ejection, as John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle..." June 12

  • Giants’ Johnny Cueto takes step toward returning to rotation

    San Francisco Gate "Still expressing relief that he didn’t need Tommy John surgery, Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto threw off a mound for the first time since beginning his rehab from an elbow injury. He threw 35 pitches in the bullpen before Friday’s series opener at Nationals..." June 11

  • Brandon Crawford playing like an MVP candidate: 'He's not talked about enough'

    NBC Sports Bay Area "There was a time early in his career when Brandon Crawford was all too aware of the number .250. He batted .248 in his second full season, .248 the next year, and .246 the year after that.  Hitting .250 is not what Crawford grew up dreaming of, but in a sport built on numbers,..." June 11

  • Why Yankees should make trade offer Giants can't refuse for Madison Bumgarner

    Newark Star-Ledger "Go big or go home. For the Yankees, the next eight weeks will tell the tale of the 2018 season. No, not what happens on the field. At this point, it's pretty safe to assume the Yankees will hit, strikeout the opponent late in games and win--often. Instead, the real..." June 07

  • Bochy would support reunion with Lincecum "Giants manager Bruce Bochy said that he would support a reunion between Tim Lincecum and the Giants, though no room exists for the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner on the current pitching staff. The Rangers, who were considering using Lincecum as a reliever, released him on..." June 06

  • The wild, wild NL West: League's worst division is absolutely fascinating

    USA Today "Madison Bumgarner opened the door Tuesday afternoon to San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy’s office, and immediately demanded to know what was going on. “I just saw the lineup card," Bumgarner said, “and I’m batting ninth? “Ninth? Are..." June 06

  • MLB Buys Rawlings From Newell Brands for $395 Million

    Wall Street Journal "Rawlings, a more than century-old company that produces the official ball and helmet of Major League Baseball, will be changing hands in a $395 million deal that adds the professional league as a key investor. Under the terms of the deal announced Tuesday, consumer-goods..." June 06

  • Madison Bumgarner returned and he was pretty darn good

    Hardball Talk "Madison Bumgarner made his return to games that matter last night, allowing two runs on eight hits with three strikeouts and issuing no walks over six innings against the Diamondbacks. He lost, but for that you can blame Patrick Corbin who held the Giants to one run..." June 06

  • Giants draft catcher Joey Bart with 2nd overall pick; plays Buster Posey’s position

    San Francisco Gate "Suddenly, the Giants are extremely deep at the catching position. The team with the most celebrated catcher in the big leagues used the second overall pick in Monday’s draft on the most celebrated catcher in college ball. The Giants, who have won three World Series in..." June 05

  • Madison Bumgarner returns for Giants

    Hardball Talk "It’s MadBum time. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner will make his first start of the season for the San Francisco Giants tonight, taking on Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner, of course, began the season on the disabled list with a fractured..." June 05

  • Red Sox Draft Pick Triston Casas Ribs Pablo Sandoval Over Weight Issues

    NESN "Baseball players aren’t usually known for impeccable fitness, but the newest member of the Boston Red Sox organization appears to understand full well the importance of staying in shape. With the 26th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft on Monday, the Red Sox selected corner..." June 05

  • Joe Torre goes to Albany to help MLB get a cut of New York gambling revenue

    Hardball Talk "We’ve been following baseball’s efforts to get a cut of what is soon to be legalized sports gambling proceeds in most states around the country. Major League Baseball has been characterizing that cut as an “integrity fee,” which it says it needs in order to keep the..." June 04

  • Giants' Mark Melancon: Reinstated from DL

    CBS Sports "Melancon (elbow) was activated from the 60-day disabled list Friday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. As expected, Melancon returned from the disabled list Friday after successfully completing his minor-league rehab assignment. " June 02

  • Giants activate second baseman Joe Panik, announce Hunter Pence plans

    San Francisco Gate "Just when it seemed things could not get wackier in these parts, Pablo Sandoval is going to take groundballs at shortstop. “He’s got good hands and a good first step,” manager Bruce Bochy said Friday before the Giants opened a three-game series against the Phillies..." June 02

  • Giants Place Brandon Belt On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have placed first baseman Brandon Belt on the 10-day disabled list and activated infielder Alen Hanson from the DL, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area was among those to report. " June 02

  • Giants 1st baseman Brandon Belt has appendectomy

    San Francisco Chronicle "Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has had an appendectomy and is expected to be released from a Bay Area hospital Saturday. The club said he underwent the procedure late Friday. Belt had one at-bat in a 4-0 victory against Philadelphia on Friday night. " June 02

  • Giants’ Brandon Belt hospitalized with possible appendicitis

    San Jose Mercury News "About the time the Giants were enjoying the feeling of a 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday night, they learned of the possibility of being without one of their best hitters for an extended period. Brandon Belt, the Giants leader in batting average (.309), home runs..." June 02

  • Pablo Sandoval to Get Audition as Giants' Backup Shortstop (really)

    NBC Bay Area "As he gave the update, Bruce Bochy started cracking up. You can't blame him. It was hard for the manager to keep a straight face as he told reporters that Pablo Sandoval will take ground balls at shortstop to audition to back up Brandon Crawford.  How did the Giants get..." June 02

  • Madison Bumgarner Could Be Back Sooner Than Expected

    NBC Bay Area "Madison Bumgarner needed four rehab starts last season before a return to the big leagues. The Giants have already discussed cutting that way back this time, with him possibly needing just one or two.  Manager Bruce Bochy said Bumgarner's flat-ground work has been so..." June 01

  • How 'hybrid' pitchers prepare for dual roles in rotation and bullpen

    Sporting News "Mike Minor used to get up in the bullpen and start stretching as early as the third inning last year. His bullpen-mates would give him some lighthearted heckling for it, but Minor was in unfamiliar territory. Minor spent four years as a starter in Atlanta, from 2010 to 2014. Injuries..." June 01

  • Will Giants deal Madison Bumgarner after he returns from DL? Why Yankees, Red Sox might be interested

    Newark Star-Ledger "San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is set to make his 2018 debut next week, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. Bumgarner, 28, has missed all of the season so far with a broken bone in his left (pitching) hand. He went down while fielding a comebacker in spring..." May 31

  • Giants place Jeff Samardzija on DL with shoulder injury

    San Francisco Gate "The fax machines and Mimeographs in the Giants front office should be whirring on Friday with roster paperwork when second baseman Joe Panik, reliever Mark Melancon and outfielder Hunter Pence all could be activated for the series opener against the Phillies at AT&T Park. Alen..." May 30

  • Rob Manfred talks pace of play, expansion, gambling, realignment and a reduced schedule

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic sat down for an exclusive interview with Commissioner Rob Manfred. They talked on most of the hot-button issues of the day. As it’s an Athletic story it is behind a paywall, but as we’ve noted around here many times lately, there’s a lot of good..." May 30

  • Jeff Samardzija exits after just one inning vs Rockies with right shoulder tightness

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Just as they're about to get one starter back, the Giants have lost another key one to injury.  Jeff Samardzija was pulled after just one inning at Coors Field on Tuesday night due to right shoulder tightness. He gave up two runs in the first and his fastball averaged..." May 30

  • Madison Bumgarner to Make Giants Season Debut Next Tuesday vs. Diamondbacks

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is set to make his season debut next Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.  Per that report, he'll start for Single-A San Jose on Thursday and throw..." May 29

  • Giants To Select Dereck Rodriguez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants will select right-hander Dereck Rodriguez from Triple-A Sacramento on Monday, per Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic. San Francisco already has a full 40-man roster, so it’ll have to create a spot for Rodriguez. The 25-year-old Rodriguez comes with an..." May 28

  • MLB criticized for lack of transparency regarding military-themed uniforms

    New York Daily News "The backlash last May was quick and harsh. Players, fans, veterans and Gold Star families saw the advertising for baseball's special Memorial Day military-themed uniforms and called the league out for looking like it was trying to cash in on a day set aside to honor those who had died for..." May 28

  • Pablo Sandoval played a shockingly good second base last night

    Hardball Talk "Joe Panik is on the disabled list and Kelby Tomlinson isn’t hitting. Between that and the fact that Buster Posey had a day off due to an ailing hip, Giants manager Bruce Bochy decided to go with Operation: Panda at second base for last night’s Giants-Cubs..." May 28

  • Pablo Sandoval to make first career start at second base for the Giants

    San Jose Mercury News "He’s their emergency pitcher, emergency catcher, backup third baseman and backup first baseman. Now, Pablo Sandoval will attempt to show off his versatility with the Giants in a new way. Sandoval is penciled in to hit sixth and play second base on Sunday and will start..." May 27

  • Bruce Bochy: Madison Bumgarner could return on Friday

    Sportsnaut "The San Francisco Giants have been without ace Madison Bumgarner all season. But prior to Sunday’s game, manager Bruce Bochy left the door open for Bumgarner to possibly return as early as Friday. In his first rehab assignment on Saturday, Bumgarner allowed no runs, no hits,..." May 27

  • Hunter Pence could be on the out with San Francisco

    NBC Sports Bay Area "- The scene at Raley Field on Saturday afternoon was a bit of a surreal one. After every round of batting practice at the minor league park, Hunter Pence would step a few feet from the cage and chat with Madison Bumgarner.  Both have helped the Giants to multiple championships...." May 27

  • How Bumgarner and his little finger showed big progress in Sacramento rehab start

    Sacramento Bee "It’s been a while since a pinkie has caused as much consternation as the one on Madison Bumgarner’s left hand.   The San Francisco Giants ace broke the little finger on his pitching hand when fielding a comebacker in spring training. So his start Saturday night..." May 27

  • Giants' Buster Posey: Sitting out with hip soreness

    CBS Sports "Posey is out of the lineup Saturday with right hip soreness, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. It's not a routine rest day after all, but fortunately, it doesn't sound like this is anything serious. " May 26

  • Giants’ Mac Williamson could rejoin team this weekend in Chicago

    San Francisco Gate "Bruce Bochy didn’t waver. Asked which was more dangerous, Tal’s Hill — the old incline in dead center field at Minute Maid Park, which was removed two years ago — or the on-field bullpen mounds at AT&T Park. “I’d say my bullpen..." May 25

  • Williamson off DL, promptly nails runner at home "The Giants hope that Mac Williamson can perform as if those 27 games he missed were a mere nuisance. The Giants activated Williamson from the disabled list Friday and immediately installed him in left field for the series opener against the Cubs. Williamson hadn't played for the..." May 25

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

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