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  • Report: Phillies, Giants interested in Jeurys Familia

    Hardball Talk "ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Phillies and Giants are among the teams interested in Mets closer Jeurys Familia. Olney adds that the Phillies may prefer to wait to see what happens on the Manny Machado and Zach Britton fronts before moving on to..." July 16

  • Pablo Sandoval could play all nine positions in a game for Giants

    Larry Brown Sports "With the San Francisco Giants struggling to stay above water in a loaded NL West, they may be pivoting towards entertainment value before long. Giants manager Bruce Bochy said on Saturday that he spoke to third baseman Pablo Sandoval after the team was eliminated from the playoff hunt..." July 16

  • Sizing up the sluggers and betting odds for the 2018 MLB Home Run Derby "Major League Baseball's annual slugfest goes Monday night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. If you're one of those people that simply can't take a night off from betting sports - and the WNBA doesn't appeal to you (wait...there are no WNBA games Monday either?!?! Jeez.) -..." July 15

  • Giants Place Jeff Samardzija On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have placed right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the disabled with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to report. Infielder Kelby Tomlinson is up from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding..." July 15

  • Giants To Sign Peter Bourjos

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants lost one outfielder in a trade last week, but they signed another right-handed hitting center fielder Friday. San Francisco agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent Peter Bourjos, 31, who was released by the Atlanta Braves last week. Bourjos will..." July 14

  • Ray Black's blazing fastball catches eyes, but advanced stats love his breaking ball

    NBC Sports Bay Area "For years, Ray Black’s name has come with a few extra words. When the right-hander got into a game in spring training, or was discussed by the Giants, it was always “Ray Black, who has a fastball that has hit 104.” The heater has gotten Black to the big leagues. But..." July 13

  • Why Bruce Bochy dropped Buster Posey in the Giants’ lineup

    San Jose Mercury News "Buster Posey hasn’t batted fifth in the Giants’ lineup since 2010, his first full major-league season. Posey has only logged 34 plate appearances in his career hitting fifth, more than only hitting ninth (17), eighth (10) and leadoff (one). Yet Giants manager..." July 13

  • MLB, KBO Reportedly Agree To New Posting System

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball and the Korea Baseball Organization have agreed to a revised version of the posting system that allows players who are not yet free-agent eligible to move from the KBO to MLB, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. The new agreement runs..." July 13

  • Giants have let Yankees know Jeff Samardzija is available

    KNBR "The Giants have contacted the New York Yankees to let them know starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is available, according to a report from Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Yankees are one of eight teams the Giants are allowed to trade Samardzija to. The problem is that Samardzija, 33,..." July 11

  • Buster Posey will miss the All-Star Game because of an inflamed hip

    Sportsnaut "Buster Posey was named to his sixth All-Star team on Sunday. But on Monday, it was announced that the San Francisco Giants catcher will miss the game.

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  • Giants willing to trade Madison Bumgarner?

    Larry Brown Sports "With the San Francisco Giants quickly sinking in the NL West, they may have to consider doing the unthinkable at this year’s trade deadline. Bryan Murphy of McCovey Chronicles cited a reported message from an industry source on Monday which read, “Word on the street is..." July 09

  • MLB Rumors: Giants' Madison Bumgarner still looming as possible Yankees target?

    Newark Star-Ledger "So you're saying there's a chance? For the Yankees, the next few weeks look to be about one thing: Acquiring a top-shelf arm to boost a starting rotation that has major question marks behind American League All-Star Luis..." July 09

  • Texas acquires OF Jackson, 2 RHPs from Giants "The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has acquired right-handed pitchers Cory Gearrin and Jason Bahr and outfielder Austin Jackson from the San Francisco Giants for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room for Gearrin and Jackson on the 40-man roster,..." July 08

  • Giants have no intention of letting Yankees acquire Bumgarner

    Yardbarker "It’s well known that the Yankees are looking to bolster their rotation, though the cost to acquire a starter is “out of control right now,” a source close to the team informed Mark Feinsand of Nevertheless, Feinsand goes on to list a few starters the Yankees could..." July 08

  • Giants To Place Joe Panik On 10-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants will place second baseman Joe Panik on the 10-day disabled, skipper Bruce Bochy told reporters after tonight’s game. The injury took place when Panik was running the bases this evening, forcing him out of the contest. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area was among..." July 07

  • Giants Activate Jeff Samardzija

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants announced a collection of roster moves today, including the news that right-hander Jeff Samardzija has been activated from the 10-day DL to start today’s game against the Cardinals.  Infielder Chase d’Arnaud will also join the 25-man roster after his contract was..." July 07

  • Panik placed on DL with left groin strain "The Giants placed Joe Panik on the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday's game vs. the Cardinals with a strained left groin and purchased the contract of infielder Chase d'Arnaud from Triple-A Sacramento. Jeff Samardzija, who has been out since May 29 with shoulder..." July 07

  • Johnny Cueto activated from disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Giants announced on Thursday that starter Johnny Cueto has been activated from the 60-day disabled list. To make roster space, the club optioned infielder Kelby Tomlinson to Triple-A Sacramento. Cueto will start Thursday night’s game against the Cardinals opposite Luke..." July 05

  • Giants shake up rotation to make room for Johnny Cueto and Jeff Samardzija

    San Jose Mercury News "The trip down Interstate 80 between Sacramento and San Francisco is typically reserved for rookies and prospects hoping to break into the major leagues and make an impact with the Giants. This time, the car shuttling a pair of pitchers who most recently started for the Triple-A..." July 04

  • Giants agree with No. 2 int'l prospect Luciano "The Giants made a splash on the first day of the international signing period Monday, agreeing to terms with two top international prospects and one interesting player from Cuba. According to industry sources, the Giants agreed to a $2.6 million bonus with outfielder Marco Luciano,..." July 02

  • The Giants have a bullpen problem, but it's more complicated than you think

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants have a slight bullpen problem. That much was clear as they trudged off the field Thursday afternoon having blown a lead in the ninth and missed a chance at a sweep. But the issue is more complicated than it appears on the surface.  This is not as simple as picking..." June 29

  • Giants Release Josh Rutledge

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have released veteran infielder Josh Rutledge from their Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, tweets Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He’d been playing there on a minor league pact signed back in December. Rutledge, 29, appeared in 18..." June 28

  • Report: MLB working on relaxing shoe restrictions

    Larry Brown Sports "MLB is working on a more relaxed shoe policy after encountering criticism the past few years. Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that MLB and the MLBPA are working on changing the league’s footwear policy to allow players the ability to wear cleats with more..." June 28

  • What numbers matter from Samardzija's bad-stats rehab start

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The assumption is, a major league pitcher should dominate his minor league competition when sent on a rehab assignment. The same goes for major league hitters facing minor league arms. That's not always that case, and for good reason.  More than anything, a rehabbing..." June 27

  • Giants’ Madison Bumgarner: Rule changes ‘kind of getting out of hand’

    San Francisco Gate "With all the new rules and changes in baseball, it’s as if people believe the game is broken. This may be breaking news on certain fronts, but some people believe the game is fine as is. Or at least they believe it was fine until decision-makers found a need to start..." June 26

  • Brandon Crawford credits advice from Barry Bonds for improved hitting

    Larry Brown Sports "Brandon Crawford is playing like a potential NL MVP candidate this season, and he may have one well-known former San Francisco Giant to thank. In an interview with Eno Sarris of The Athletic that ran on Monday, the Giants shortstop credited some advice that Barry Bonds once gave him..." June 25

  • Giants, Cueto relieved after pain-free, 48-pitch rehab start

    San Francisco Gate "Giants pitchers are throwing so many minor-league rehab games they might qualify for the Pacific Coast League and California League leaderboards. No game was more significant than Johnny Cueto’s in Sacramento on Saturday night because of his injury. Cueto threw 48 pitches..." June 25

  • Giants swap outfielders — Williamson out, Slater up

    San Francisco Chronicle "Mac Williamson post-concussion simply did not hit the way he did pre-concussion. With the Giants again getting little offense from left field, they made a move Saturday. They optioned Williamson to Triple-A Sacramento and recalled Austin Slater, who forced his way to the majors by..." June 23

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Report: MLB bans transactions with Mexican League over ‘corruption’

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball has reportedly banned teams from signing any players who are affiliated with the Mexican League due to questions and concerns over how contracts have been negotiated. In a letter sent to teams on Tuesday that was obtained by Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, MLB..." June 22

  • Hunter Strickland says he doesn’t have an anger problem

    Hardball Talk "Giants closer Hunter Strickland struggled in the ninth inning Monday against the Marlins, surrendering three runs en route to a 5-4 loss. Strickland took issue with Marlins outfielder Lewis Brinson, who tied the game with a single and celebrated as he rounded first base. When..." June 22

  • Giants’ Johnny Cueto nearing rehab assignment

    Larry Brown Sports "San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto is closing in on a rehab assignment. Cueto, who has not pitched since April 28 thanks to a right elbow sprain, is closing in on a return, with a rehab start potentially happening as soon as Saturday. Cueto is on the 60-day disabled..." June 20

  • 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