AP source: Giants work to finalize deal with Korean Hwang

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A person with knowledge of negotiations says the San Francisco Giants are working to finalize a minor league contract with South Korean infielder Hwang Jae-gyun, who could provide some insurance at third base. The deal would include an invitation to big league spring training invitation if Hwang passes a physical to make it complete. He would earn $1.5 million...
Via Associated Press
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bonds' deal with Giants ignited a fruitful run

Barry Bonds compiled a 162.4 WAR during his 15 seasons with the Giants, 10 of which saw the team finish first or second in the NL West. He's far and away the top free agent the Giants have signed.
15 hours ago

Giants close to signing Korean star Jae-gyun Hwang

The right-handed third baseman is reportedly getting a split deal that will pay him $1.5 million if he makes the team. The Giants have added power and infield depth and made spring training a heckuva lot more interesting. According to reports, the team is close to signing Korean star Jae-gyun Hwang, who has experience at shortstop and third base. The deal is expected to be a minor...
Via McCovey Chronicles
17 hours ago

Giants close to Minor League deal with Hwang

The Giants are close to agreeing with Korean free-agent third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang on a Minor League contract with an invitation to big league Spring Training, industry sources said Monday.
17 hours ago

Giants Nearing Minor League Deal With Jae-Gyun Hwang

The Giants are closing in on a minor league contract with Korean third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang, tweets Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. The contract, first reported by Naver Sports in Korea, will guarantee Hwang $1.5MM if he makes the big league roster, according to Baggarly. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweets that there are additional incentives beyond...
Via MLB Trade Rumors
17 hours ago

MLB Network ranks Madison Bumgarner, Johnny Cueto among 10 best pitchers in baseball

It might or might not be true, but the idea should get you a little more excited about Opening Day. I spend most of my days worrying about Jarrett Parker and Mac Williamson. There’s a post coming today or tomorrow on it, and I’ll probably have one next week and the week after that. For the Giants to go with a pair of unknowns in a corner outfield spot, when they’re likely going...
Via McCovey Chronicles
21 hours ago

San Francisco Giants: 2017 Lineup Preview

I’m about 63% positive that the San Francisco Giants won’t make any other big moves before the season starts, I only say 63% because the last time I posted a lineup preview, the team made 2 moves in 2 hours and shook everything up. But! Here’s a look at what I think the Giants lineup will be come opening day on April 2nd against the Arizona Diamondbacks: Denard Span – CF...
23 hours ago  |  Discuss

Giants’ farm system ranked 20th by Keith Law, ESPN

Although our homes will be swept away in a river of bile and pus before these prospects make an impact, the depth is still encouraging. The Giants haven’t had a top farm system since the days of wee Buster Posey and teenaged Madison Bumgarner, and that won’t change for 2017 according to Keith Law. According to ESPN’s prospect expert, the Giants’ farm ranks 20th out of 30...
Via McCovey Chronicles
3 days ago

Diamondbacks sign OF Blanco to minor league deal

PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed ex-San Francisco Giant Gregor Blanco to a minor league contract. The 33-year-old outfielder hit .224 with one home run and 18 RBIs, 10 doubles and four triples in 104 games with the Giants last season. That was down significantly from his 2015 statistics, when he hit .291.with five homers in 115 games. Blanco began his major...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

AT&T Is the Home-Run Killer of the Millennium

Here’s something that isn’t new to you: It’s difficult to hit a home run in San Francisco. It’s difficult to hit a home run in any ballpark, but, in particular, San Francisco makes it tough. This information is well understood. So why don’t we freshen things up with a twist? Not only is it hard to hit a homer in AT&T Park — AT&T makes homers more hard than Coors...
Via Fangraphs
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Shifts in Hall of Fame voting show that baseball is changing for the better

On Wednesday, it's expected that at least three new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame will be announced, and not one of them has a squeaky clean resume.But they were all exceptional baseball players, deserving of a spot in Cooperstown among the game's other greats.Like so many of their era, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez were linked to performance-enhancing drug usage...
Via FOX Sports
6 days ago

The 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot, Part 2

Welcome to Part Two of our look at the Hall of Fame Ballot! If you missed Part One, detailing 13 players on this year's ballot who were easy Nos, click here to read it. For today's post, I get to do something a lot more fun: talk about four people who ruled at baseball. If, when all is said and done, these people aren't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, we should probably change the...
Via Yardbarker
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the San Francisco Giants bullpen

When San Francisco Giants fans hear the word “bullpen,” painful memories resurface of the 2016 relievers dropping game after game, ultimately destroying an 8-game lead in the NL West, forcing the Giants to earn a playoff berth with a wild card win, and ending their brief title run early in the NLDS. Naturally, the bullpen would become a top priority for the Giants in the offseason...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nunez, Kontos, Smith agree to 1-year deals with Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Keeping Eduardo Nunez healthy and in the lineup could mean so much for San Francisco's infield and its chances. Nunez reached a $4.2 million, one-year agreement with the Giants on Friday to avoid arbitration. Right-handed reliever George Kontos received a $1.75 million contract and left-hander Will Smith earned $2.5 million as the club announced all of its...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

What will the X-Factors be for the San Francisco Giants in 2017?

Opening Day is steadily approaching, although not nearly quick enough for my taste, but it’s the time of year when I want to gather all of my thoughts about the off-season and talk about the smaller details that will bring teams wins and not just the big things that will need to happen. The San Francisco Giants have a lot of smaller details and smaller roles that will need to be...
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The San Francisco Left-Field Question, or Something

The Giants aren’t a bad team. They just made the playoffs, and they signed a closer in Mark Melancon who (hopefully) won’t make the citizens of San Francisco tear their hair out. Hunter Pence should be healthy! That makes things fun. Fun baseball is good baseball, and the Giants are locked in to a pretty fun team at this point. Every position is accounted for, for the most part...
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

2017 ZiPS Projections – San Francisco Giants

After having typically appeared in the very famous pages of Baseball Think Factory, Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections have been released at FanGraphs the past few years. The exercise continues this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski. Other Projections: Arizona / Atlanta / Boston / Chicago...
Via Fangraphs
December 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Padres considering reunion with Jake Peavy

The prodigal son may be coming home to San Diego this offseason. According to a report by Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday, the Padres are exploring the possibility of a reunion with right-hander Jake Peavy. One of the great pitchers in Padres franchise history, Peavy was with the team from 2002 to 2009, going 92-68 with a 3.29 ERA and 1,348 strikeouts. He made...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Mike Krukow on new MLB hazing rules: 'I think it’s ridiculous'

Major League Baseball is still OK with the tradition of hazing the rookies, but a line is being drawn to prevent players from being dressed up as women as part of an updated anti-hazing and anti-bullying policy that was adopted as part of the latest collective bargaining agreement. One former old-school baseball mind thinks that’s all a bunch of ridiculousness. San Francisco Giants...
Via Awful Announcing
December 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Brewers prospect suspended 50 games for second drug violation

Phil Bickford, a minor league pitching prospect in the Brewers’ organization, was suspended 50 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse, news emerged on Friday. This is Bickford’s second time testing positive for a drug of abuse. He first tested positive for marijuana before the draft in 2015. The first positive test didn’t stop the Giants from taking him No. 18 overall...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 09, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Melancon signs $62 million deal with Giants

The first of the big closers is off the free agent market, and he’s getting a whole lot of money. Mark Melancon and the San Francisco Giants are reportedly in agreement on a four-year deal that will shatter Jonathan Papelbon’s record $50 million closer deal. Sources: The Giants and Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal, pending a physical; Melancon is going through his physical...
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 05, 2016  |  Discuss

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