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  • Giants might not use pitching openers as much as first thought

    San Francisco Gate "The day after Farhan Zaidi suggested in December that the Giants might take the radical step, for them, of using pitching openers and other nontraditional methods of getting through nine innings, he expressed surprise at how much attention the story got. The Giants’ president of..." January 16

  • Giants hire pitching analyst to aid with training efforts

    ABC7 "The San Francisco Giants have hired pitching analyst Matt Daniels to join the staff of new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, who vowed when hired in November to find a wide array of experts to help the club. Now, he has a data-focused staff member to aid in pitching..." January 15

  • Giants re-signing Derek Holland could be precursor for more moves

    NBC Sports Bay Area "It has been a slow offseason in general for MLB teams, but for the Giants, the pace has been particularly measured. Until they announced a one-year deal with Derek Holland on Monday morning, the Giants had guaranteed just $585,000 to free agents. That changed Monday,..." January 15

  • Giants To Re-Sign Derek Holland

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have agreed to re-sign lefty Derek Holland on a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $7MM, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (Twitter links). Holland’s contract comes with a $6.5MM base salary for the 2019 season and a $6.5MM club option ($500K buyout) for..." January 14

  • Zaidi says Giants aren't actively pursuing Bumgarner trade

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants' front office isn't engaged in active trade talks involving left-hander Madison Bumgarner, according to Farhan Zaidi, the team's president of baseball operations. Zaidi joined the Murph and Mac show on KNBR 680 on Friday, and he..." January 14

  • Giants say team isn't actively pursuing Bumgarner trade

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants' front office isn't engaged in active trade talks involving left-hander Madison Bumgarner, according to Farhan Zaidi, the team's president of baseball operations. Zaidi joined the Murph and Mac show on KNBR 680 on Friday, and he addressed the..." January 12

  • Inside the wild, wonky world of MLB salary arbitration

    ESPN "With $3 million at stake, the Boston Red Sox wanted to create the most compelling argument possible against Mookie Betts without alienating or insulting him. So last January, as they tried to convince a three-person arbitration panel that Betts deserved the $7.5 million..." January 11

  • Today’s arbitration deadline could mean more than it usually does

    Hardball Talk "There’s an offseason deadline today that, in the past, you may not have thought much about but which, this year, is a bit more important. It’s the deadline by which teams and arbitration-eligible players who were tendered a contract back on November 30 must exchange salary..." January 11

  • Will Smith, Giants agree to one-year contract, avoid arbitratio

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The arbitration season won’t come with any drama for the Giants.  The team agreed to a one-year, $4.225 million deal with closer Will Smith, according to USA Today, avoiding an arbitration hearing. The Giants previously had signed Joe Panik and Sam Dyson to one-year..." January 11

  • Report: Giants interested in 2B DJ LeMahieu, could trade Joe Panik

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants are reportedly exploring the possibility of trading second baseman Joe Panik, and that may be because they have their eye on a free agent to replace the veteran infielder. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Thursday that the Giants have been talking with..." January 10

  • Predicting the Next 10 MLB Superstars to Top $200M Megadeals

    Bleacher Report "With the new year upon us and spring training around the corner, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado remain on the free-agent market. Both will eventually sign, and the consensus is they will land megadeals in excess of $200 million. According to The Athletic's Jim Bowden,..." January 10

  • Giants Reportedly Agree to 20-Year Contract to Rename Stadium Oracle Park

    Bleacher Report "The San Francisco Giants' home stadium will now be called Oracle Park, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. The stadium had been named AT&T Park from 2006-2018.  San Francisco reportedly signed a 20-year deal with Oracle, a..." January 10

  • Bumgarner trade rumors persist. Have the Giants named their price?

    McCovey Chronicles "Jon Morosi has once again posted another rumor about the Giants trading Madison Bumgarner this offseason. Well, it’s more of an expansion of his previous rumor than an outright new one. The Brewers and Giants have had substantive..." January 09

  • MLB Payroll Spending Declined by $18 Million in 2018; 1st Decrease Since 2010

    Bleacher Report "With close attention being paid to the number of free agents still unsigned, Major League Baseball teams did something last season that hasn't happened since 2010.  Per the Associated Press (h/t, the $4,227,041,948 combined payroll for all 30 teams in 2018..." January 09

  • Why 2021 is the next big MLB free-agent class

    CBS Sports "If general managers of baseball teams still used paper calendars and magic markers, they would have circled those calendars years ago, drooling with anticipation for this winter. Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are multi-tool superstars in their mid-20s, making them the kind..." January 09

  • Who’s the backup catcher in 2019?

    McCovey Chronicles "The Giants have added multiple players this offseason who can play multiple positions but none of them exceptionally well, and yet, none of them could be the backup catcher. That means there’s still the possibility that Farhan Zaidi & co look to upgrade one more roster spot..." January 08

  • Angels in ‘constant contact’ with Giants regarding relievers Will Smith and Tony Watson

    Hardball Talk "Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports that the Angels have been in “constant contact” with the Giants regarding lefty relievers Will Smith and Tony Watson. Baggarly notes that the Angels were runners-up for Zach Britton, who signed with the Yankees over the..." January 08

  • Report: Giants, Brewers have discussed Madison Bumgarner trade

    Larry Brown Sports "Madison Bumgarner trade rumors continue to linger, and one report says that there is a clear suitor if the San Francisco Giants opt to deal their left-handed ace. According to Jon Morosi of, the Giants have had substantial discussions with the Milwaukee Brewers about a..." January 07

  • Giants acquire Breyvic Valera from Orioles

    NBC Sports Bay Area "As their first move of 2019, the Giants acquired a 26-year-old who played in the Mid-Atlantic last season and has a name that starts with the letters B and R.  No, not that one.  The Giants announced on Saturday that they acquired infielder-outfielder Breyvic..." January 06

  • Hunter Pence has MLB contract offers, earns praise in winter ball

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Hunter Pence joined the Toros del Este in the Dominican Winter League with a new swing and the same positive mindset. And, of course, to enjoy every second of the game, just like he always has.  "I came to have fun every time I go out on the field,"..." January 04

  • Report: Free-agent pitcher Derek Holland says Cincinnati Reds have been in contact

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Free-agent pitcher Derek Holland told MLB Network Radio that the Cincinnati Reds have contacted him during this offseason, according to a report via Twitter from MLB Network's Jon Morosi. The 32-year-old Holland has a 76-73 record and 4.44 ERA in 10 big-league seasons, but last..." January 02

  • Giants sign switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Giants signed ambidextrous reliver Pat Venditte on Friday, giving manager Bruce Bochy a different level of matchup possibilities in the bullpen. Venditte signed a one-year major-league contract and will be on the 40-man roster. The switch-pitcher posted a 2.57 ERA in 15..." December 21

  • The Rangers and Derek Holland are considering a reunion

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers have reached out to Derek Holland about a return to the organization and Holland, who still maintains his offseason home in Dallas, is intrigued. Holland on Thursday confirmed conversations with the Rangers about a return after he spent the last two years with the Chicago..." December 20

  • Giants close to deal with switch-pitcher Pat Venditte

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants plan to spend much of this offseason adding players who can give them platoon advantages. They're taking it a step further with their latest addition. The Giants are close to a deal with ambidextrous reliever Pat Venditte, a source told NBC Sports Bay Area...." December 19

  • Giants brass attends Tulowitzki's workout

    The Score "Several teams are keeping an eye on free-agent shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The veteran held an open workout on Tuesday and one team that apparently brought the big recruitment guns was the San Francisco Giants. Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi and longtime manager..." December 18

  • Giants outfield situation could change drastically before Opening Day

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Last week, Farhan Zaidi added two outfielders to the 40-man roster and told reporters he hoped to add at least two more before the end of the offseason.  The Giants, who entered December with just four outfielders on their roster, should more than double that group..." December 18

  • Bruce Bochy ready to embrace platoons with more versatile Giants roster

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The first question to Bruce Bochy during his media session at the Winter Meetings was about the use of openers. It's a question Bochy likely will be asked quite a bit in 2019, because his new boss has made it clear the Giants will be creative with their pitching staff, but another..." December 17

  • Can Giants’ Madison Bumgarner regain a tick or two with velocity?

    San Francisco Gate "It still haunts manager Bruce Bochy how well Madison Bumgarner pitched in spring training, before the Giants’ ace broke his left hand on a line drive in his final start in training camp. “I thought last spring was really Madison from a couple of years..." December 17

  • Giants eyeing Blue Jays' Pillar

    The Score "The San Francisco Giants are interested in trading for Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar, sources told Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area. Pillar has a highlight reel of spectacular defensive plays on his resume and would fit in nicely in the spacious outfield at AT&T..." December 14

  • Giants weighing offers for closer Will Smith, other relievers

    San Francisco Gate "The Cardinals need a closer and really want Will Smith from the Giants. The player they want to trade is first baseman and outfielder Jose Martinez, who has the thump the Giants desperately need but is not what one would consider a Gold Glove-caliber fielder. In fact,..." December 12

  • Agent: Johnny Cueto could potentially return late in 2019 season

    MLB Trade Rumors "MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes spoke with agent Bryce Dixon about Nelson Cruz’s market yesterday at the Winter Meetings, and Tim also got an update on another Dixon client, Johnny Cueto.  It isn’t yet clear when the Giants right-hander will be back on the mound in the wake of Tommy..." December 12

  • The White Sox are interested in Brandon Belt

    McCovey Chronicles "The past couple days, there have been some vague, general rumblings of a Brandon Belt trade. We haven’t paid much mind to them because the possibility of a Belt trade is rather low. Belt has a limited no-trade clause that he’s able to modify year-to-year. Rumor..." December 12

  • MLB Rumors: Why Giants' Madison Bumgarner to Yankees is ‘less and less likely’

    Newark Star-Ledger "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman’s to-do list this week at the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas, Nev. includes finding a starting pitcher. He already traded with the Seattle Mariners for James Paxton, but missed on Patrick Corbin, who signed..." December 12

  • Giants expect to go non-traditional and use pitching openers in 2019

    San Francisco Chronicle "So, Giants fans, you wanted big changes in China Basin baseball? You’ve got them. Pitching openers are likely coming to AT&T Park. Young starters who were rotation mainstays in 2018 might begin 2019 in the bullpen, or even at Triple-A, to manage their innings. Experienced..." December 12

  • MLB Rumors: Giants 'less likely' to trade Madison Bumgarner this offseason

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Farhan Zaidi opened his tenure as the Giants' president of baseball operations saying "everything has to be on the table" when it comes to reshaping the roster -- including a trade of franchise face Madison Bumgarner. That trade might not come right away,..." December 12

  • Trade market suggests Madison Bumgarner within reach for Washington Nationals

    Federal Baseball "Madison Bumgarner is something of an anomaly on the baseball trade market. It’s not very often a four-time All Star starting pitcher becomes available — especially when said pitcher is a three-time World Series winner with a proven track record of success in..." December 11

  • Giants C Buster Posey (hip surgery) could be limited early in 2019 season

    Sporting News "Buster Posey's injury recovery will carry into 2019. The Giants catcher is expected to be limited during spring training and at the start of next season as he continues his rehabilitation after undergoing surgery this summer. "Certainly with a..." December 11

  • Giants could have leg up on Japanese pitcher

    San Francisco Chronicle "As executives settled in for the first full day of the winter meetings Monday, one thing became clear: It’s a good winter to be a free-agent starting pitcher, and not just because Patrick Corbin set the market at a high number with Washington (six years, $140 million). A lot of..." December 10

  • Giants make first major league addition of offseason, add former Tigers outfielder

    San Jose Mercury News "During the first two months of the offseason, the Giants slowly whittled down their 40-man roster, dropping several contributors from last season’s club. At the beginning of Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings, new president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi finally..." December 10

  • MLB Rumors: Giants 1B Brandon Belt Receiving Interest From Teams

    NBC Bay Area "If Farhan Zaidi is going to replenish the Giants' farm system, one of his top assets to move is first baseman Brandon Belt. And according to USA Today, Belt is garnering interest from several teams. The 30-year-old Belt is under contract through the 2021 season and is..." December 10

  • Giants’ Farhan Zaidi enters winter meetings with big shopping list

    San Francisco Chronicle "The winter meetings that begin Monday at the Mandalay Bay hotel are going to be different for the Giants, not merely because the executives can blow off steam at night’s end by going downstairs to a craps table and yelling, “Yo, ’leven!” Through the..." December 10

  • Giants have been in contact with Josh Harrison, per report

    McCovey Chronicles "Jon Heyman reports that the Giants have been in contact with Josh Harrison. Harrison is available because the Pirates declined his $10 million option, and they did that because (A) the Pirates don’t like to spend and (B) he wasn’t very good last year. In 374..." December 07

  • What the Patrick Corbin deal could mean for Madison Bumgarner

    McCovey Chronicles "Patrick Corbin has signed with the Nationals for six years and $140 million. If you had him on your holiday wishlist, might I interest you in a JA Happ or uh, Lance Lynn. What about another year of Derek Holland? Corbin signing elsewhere doesn’t come as..." December 06

  • MLB, commissioner Rob Manfred gaining support to limit defensive shifts, report says

    CBS Sports "Changes to the way teams line up -- and are allowed to line up -- defensively could be coming to Major League Baseball. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has received "strong" backing from baseball's competition committee to try to "put something in place" to limit..." December 05

  • Former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi joins Giants front office

    Sportsnet "J.P. Ricciardi didn’t stay unemployed for very long. Ricciardi, the former general manager of the Toronto Blue Jays and most recently the special assistant with the New York Mets for eight years, has joined the San Francisco Giants as a senior advisor, Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff..." December 03

  • Japanese star Kikuchi posted; Dodgers, Giants reportedly interested

    The Score "Yusei Kikuchi is officially cleared to make his way across the Pacific after his Japanese team, the Seibu Lions, posted the star left-hander on Monday. The posting gives Kikuchi and his agent, Scott Boras, a 30-day window to negotiate a big-league contract. He'll pitch for the..." December 03

  • Will Smith, Joe Panik, and Sam Dyson in, Gorkys Hernandez & Hunter Strickland out

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Farhan Zaidi already has made changes to the Giants' roster, but for now at least, Joe Panik will remain the second baseman.  Panik and the Giants agreed to a one-year contract Friday afternoon, avoiding arbitration. Sam Dyson also signed a one-year deal, and the Giants..." December 01

  • Giants unlikely to trade Madison Bumgarner

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants have seemed open to the possibility of trading stud left-hander Madison Bumgarner this winter, but it does not sound like that is likely to happen. Jon Heyman of Fancred Sports said Friday that a Giants source he spoke with does not envision Bumgarner being..." November 30

  • MLB rumors: Giants actually not serious about Madison Bumgarner trade

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Farhan Zaidi is tasked with a not-so-easy question in his first offseason as Giants president of baseball operations: Should he trade Madison Bumgarner before the last year of his team-friendly contract, or hold onto the World Series hero?  “Where we are, everything has to..." November 28

  • What is the market for Madison Bumgarner?

    McCovey Chronicles "“Willing to engage with other teams about the possibility of dealing their ace” is not the same as “ready to trade Madison Bumgarner”, but after last night’s report from Jon Morosi, it’s clear that we’re less likely to see Madison..." November 27